Though eight types of skilled workers, including architects and doctors, have been designated for easier migration, no such movements have occurred. As for opening the service sector to outside investment, several members have yet to approve letting foreigners own company stakes of 70% or more.
KUALA LUMPUR — Southeast Asia, whose economic community becomes official later next month, already has achieved a high degree of free trade in goods, but liberalization in services and other areas continues to lag.
The “most important moment” has arrived for the 48-year-old Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told leaders here Sunday at the signing ceremony for the ASEAN Economic Community, home to some 600 million people.
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