From ASEAN to AFTA

Ludo Cuyvers and Wisarn Pupphavesa

During many years, the many initiatives of developing countries to establish regional economic integration have been examples of how this should not be done. Often, these initiatives were taken by heads of government, or stimulated by international organisations, without any involvement of the private sector. Things seem to be different as far as the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is concerned.

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