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

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...

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