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Businesses must step up to the plate to bring AEC into being

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 05:50
ASEAN Leaders pose for the cameras during the opening ceremony of the 21st ASEAN Summit held in Peace Palace Building, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. ASEAN leaders have been saying for over a year now that 2015 is not an end-point but a "milestone" in economic integration - with high stakes.

THE US Ambassador to Asean, Nina Hachigian, recently expressed scepticism about the end-2015 deadline for the group to form a single market for goods and services. She said even 2020 would be "ambitious", joining the host of others in and outside Asean who have doubts about the Asean Economic