Association of Southeast Asian Nations

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Association of Southeast Asian Nations

(ASEAN), organization established by the Bangkok Declaration (1967), linking the nations of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Subsequently, Brunei (1984), Vietnam (1995), Laos (1997), Myanmar (1999), and Cambodia (1999) were admitted; a formal charter for ASEAN was signed in 2007 and came into force in 2008. The organization's secretariat is in Jakarta. ASEAN seeks to promote socioeconomic progress and regional stability through cooperation in banking, trade, technology, agriculture, industry, and tourism. Members agreed in 1992 to create the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), a regional common market, which became effective in 1993. Tariffs among the ASEAN nations have been greatly reduced, especially among the six oldest ASEAN members; a free trade area is slated to be established largely by 2015. ASEAN also has reached free-trade agreements with China (2004), South Korea (2006), Japan (2008), and Australia, New Zealand, and India (2009). Members are also pledged to work together to promote foreign investment in the region.
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If negotiations with India and South Korea open under favourable auspices, the same may not be said for the ASEAN, and Balazs anticipates complications: "Negotiations with the Association of South East Asian Nations may progress slower," he said, at a time where no real bargaining session has taken place since the official launch of talks in early May.
In Jakarta, the EU Troika, led by EU foreign and security chief Javier Solana, will attend ministerial meetings with members of the Association of South East Asian Nations and the ARF.
A meeting of IT and telecommunication ministers from members of the Association of South East Asian Nations approved the plan, which also calls for a common framework for sharing threat and vulnerability assessment information.
Throughout the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), and despite the much-touted competition from South Korea, China and elsewhere, Japanese exports hold the top slot in sales of cars, industrial vehicles, motorbikes and electronic equipment.
EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and economic ministers from 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Laos agreed to identify barriers to trade and start removing them by 2004.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's answer to an Australian journalist's question about whether Australia could get into the Association of South East Asian Nations once Mahathir leaves power late next year.
The 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, China, and South Korea have been considering the creation of an East Asia free-trade area since last year.
However, the proposed ''East Asian community'' spanning the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan and South Korea was not mentioned in a statement issued by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah after the summit in Brunei of leaders from all 13 countries.
He is extensively involved in the tourism industry and is considered by many a leading spokesperson on the subject of Association of South East Asian Nations.
With an eye toward building a strong and competitive information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure for e-commerce and reducing the digital divide between rich and poor members, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has signed an e-ASEAN Agreement to plug its ten member-countries into the global economy.
This was a reference to the Association of South East Asian Nations Insurance Council, of which Sjamsoeddin is chairman, although he said his comments were his personal view.
Simultaneously, UNEP is collaborating with the Association of South East Asian Nations to fight the transport of haze from forest fires to nearby nations.

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