An economic gang that thrives on elasticity

By design, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has approached integration with an eye on creating headroom for its hyper diverse and rapidly expanding economies to grow. That has meant embracing pragmatism and flexibility—power is decentralized and there is no one-size-fits-all policy. It’s worked thus far: analysts project the union could become one of the world’s four largest economies by 2050. 

ASEAN Celebrating Half-a-Century What Next?

In the conclusion of The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace (NUS Press, 2017), authors Kishore Mahbubani & Jeffery Sng state: "If such an imperfect corner of the world can deliver both peace and prosperity to its 625 million citizens, the rest of the world can surely replicate ASEAN's imperfect record." 

ASEAN’s connectivity successes

50 years after its birth, ASEAN continues to overcome roadblocks and push its vision for strong intra-regional connectivity. This infographic will showcase ASEAN’s connectivity successes through its aims and achievements in the three aspects – physical connectivity, institutional connectivity and people-to-people connectivity.