1. Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States and the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong, China (HKC) (“the Ministers”) met on 6 August 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR for the First AEM-HKC Consultations. The Consultations were co-chaired by H.E. Mrs Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Lao PDR and Mr Gregory So Kam-leung, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of HKC.
2. HKC commended the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 as a major milestone in progressing the region’s integration and bringing this to greater heights, and considered the prospective conclusion of the ASEAN-HKC Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) in 2016 to be another major development in the same direction. The Ministers welcomed the new AEC Blueprint 2025, which envisages an AEC by 2025 that is highly integrated and cohesive; competitive, innovative and dynamic; with enhanced connectivity and sectoral cooperation; a more resilient, inclusive, and people-oriented, people-centred community; and integrated with the global economy.
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