“The ASEAN Economic Community, or AEC, is the best strategic response we have so far in preserving the region’s competitive strength,” Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, told the ASEAN economic ministers during the 44th Meeting of the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) this week.

“As the AEC draws near, it has become clear that countries need to redouble their efforts and take active steps to realize the AEC by 2015,” said Dr Surin.

The 44th Meeting of the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) was held on 27th and 28th August, in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  The meeting was chaired by Cambodian Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce, Mr Cham Prasidh. Siem Reap also hosted the joint meetings with the 26th ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) Council and the 15th ASEAN Investment Area (AIA) Council.

The ministers discussed the economic performance in ASEAN, implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint, Trade and Investment, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and other economic-related issues.

To see the full Joint Media Statement, please click here.

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