Раскрытие потенциала АСЕАН

СИНГАПУР – Могут ли десять стран с различными культурами, традициями, языками, политическими системами и уровнями экономического развития действовать вместе ради расширения своего коллективного потенциала? Это вопрос, над которым Ассоциация государств Юго-Восточной Азии (АСЕАН) боролась на протяжении десятилетий. Судя по амбициозному видению сотрудничества ее лидерами, ответом вполне может быть «да».

То, что началось как простой толчок к снижению торговых пошлин, превратилось в план динамичного открытого рынка из 600 миллионов потребителей и производственной базы, которая сможет напрямую конкурировать с крупнейшими экономиками мира. Будучи созданным, экономическое сообщество АСЕАН (AEC) трансформирует Юго-Восточную Азию и ее роль в мировой экономике.

Экономический потенциал стран АСЕАН, несомненно, впечатляет. Взятые вместе, члены группы – Бруней, Камбоджа, Индонезия, Лаос, Малайзия, Мьянма, Филиппины, Сингапур, Таиланд и Вьетнам – составят седьмую по величине экономику в мире. Коме того, международная торговля АСЕАН за последнее десятилетие практически утроилась. И в регион также текут иностранные инвестиции, поскольку транснациональные корпорации надеются заработать на его быстро растущем среднем классе и стратегическом положении на пересечении путей из Китая, Японии и Индии.

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