2017 Aug 04
August 4, 2017

Asean @ 50: The way forward

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I am reprinting my opening remarks yesterday: “As the theme of the conference suggests, ASEAN is celebrating its 50 years of existence this year, even while it contemplates its future. From its humble beginnings with modest aspirations, it is not an exaggeration to say that ASEAN, as a collectivity, has risen as a middle power.. read more →

A welder work at a mechanical workshop. Ministers of labour from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Việt Nam agreed to boost safe migration workers among countries in a conference in Đà Nẵng.VNS Photo Công Thành ĐÀ NẴNG — Ministers of labour from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Việt Nam (CLMTV) –agreed to improve their migration.. read more →

The regional bloc’s unity and mettle have been put to the test over the last 5 decades MANILA, Philippines – Fifty years since it was founded, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come a long way. Beginning with 5 countries in 1967, ASEAN’s membership has doubled, and along with it comes opportunities for cooperation.. read more →

While the newly enacted regional trade pact acknowledges the need for skilled labor mobility, only seven service professions have been approved for cross-border employment Almost three million Southeast Asian professionals are working in Europe, North America and Oceania at a time when their home region is bidding to bridge skills gaps by facilitating greater labor.. read more →

(Continued from here) THE Chairman’s Statement during the last Asean Summit (April 2017) drew a bright picture of future Asean economic growth prospects. “Asean’s combined GDP stood at $2.55 trillion in the first half of 2016, with a robust year-on-year real GDP growth rate of 4.7 percent despite the challenging global environment The region’s economic.. read more →