This project supports regional public dialogue among various stakeholders, as a measure to complement monitoring of the establishment of the AEC. It provides support for the ASEAN Economic Community Symposium series, which will be held annually from 2012 to 2014. The symposium series will facilitate dissemination of AEC monitoring results to a wider audience within the region, particularly the private sector. Private sector feedback is a crucial input that serves as a reality check for ASEAN. It will inform whether AEC measures and initiatives bring tangible impact to the business community, and it will provide guidance for prioritizing issues and measures to ensure timely accomplishment of the AEC.
The first ASEAN Economic Community Symposium was held on 19 September 2012 at the ASEAN Secretariat. Notes from the symposium can be downloaded here.
The second “AEC Symposium: Creating Opportunities for Businesses including SMEs in ASEAN” was held on 13 October 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar. Download the presentations here.
The third AEC symposium was conducted on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in conjunction with the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2016.
The project supported the development of the “Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community” publication, which aims to further increase awareness and understanding of key issues and drivers of global megatrends, and their implications for ASEAN integration agenda, among a wider audience of readers. The publication was released on 7 September 2017 at the 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting in Manila, Philippines.