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2015 may be a pivotal year for Asean

When the AEC comes together fully, it should strengthen Asean countries' partnership since they have to work towards a collective vision and cooperative spirit.

Celebration of the Songkran festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province. South-east Asia is among the most exciting investment destinations available to emerging and frontier market investors. Indonesia is in the midst of a significant reform programme initiated by President Joko Widodo, while Thailand's military government is looking to shore up support through growth-oriented activities.

THE role of Asian markets in the global economy has grown significantly in recent years, and we expect this trend to continue in the future. Many of these countries have also made fundamental improvements to their economies, and we think these changes are here to stay. This year could prove a