Asean prize is there for the taking

Removing internal barriers to the free movement of goods and people would enhance competitiveness, and accelerate trade within the bloc.

An economically integrated Asean has long been an aspiration for many regional leaders and business executives.

At the heart of the opportunity is the prize of a potential common market of 10 countries and 600m people which already generates some $2.4 trillion of GDP per annum. If Asean were a country, it would rank around 7th largest in the world on this measure. 

Removing internal barriers to the free movement of goods and people would enhance competitiveness, and accelerate trade within Asean, as well as from Asean to the rest of Asia and the world. The potential for local companies is enormous. Global investors have also...

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