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Asean's business community cautiously optimistic about AEC

Ipsos survey of executives in six Asean countries shows them to be realistic about the challenges that lie ahead, with few expecting any big changes in the region's economy before the end of the decade.

About 64-66% of respondents in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines claimed that their regional senior staff were either very familiar or somewhat familiar with the benefits of the AEC.

ASEAN'S business community is largely optimistic about the prospects for 2015, despite or because of cheap oil prices and a strong US dollar. Indonesia is expected to be a star performer. And the era of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), scheduled to start at the end of 2015, is largely being