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 →

SURELY a landmark event in the history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was the formal establishment of the Asean Economic Community on December 31, 2015. According to the AEC Blueprint 2015, the aim is “to transform Asean into a single market and production base, a highly competitive economic region, a region of equitable.. read more →

  Decent work indicators, reducing the costs of recruitment, equal access to skills and training opportunities and enabling environment to enjoy full labor rights, including access to justice, are necessary for women migrant workers to benefit from the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) made these proposals in a session during.. read more →