On this battlefield man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart
— José Rizal
 Filippine
  • Increasing competitiveness, fostering human resources

    Since its foundation in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made extraordinary progress. It has been transformed into an increasingly well-regulated, dynamic and the world’s fastest-developing economic region. Its member states grew from six to 10 and today include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, ...

  • Contributing to Southeast Asian development

    ASEAN is currently attracting much attention as a major growth center in the global economy. With a market of more than 600 million people and an abundant young labor force, whose working-age population will peak in the second half of the 2040s, ASEAN has achieved remarkable economic growth with its ...

  • Working to optimize relationships

    Japan welcomes the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community, or AEC, as the prosperity of the Association of South East Asian Nations is expected to also benefit Japan, the world’s third-largest economy. “Japan and ASEAN should be in a win-win relationship,” said Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Japan Centre Masataka Fujita, who ...

  • OIC interviene sulla Legge Bangsamoro

    FILIPPINE Manila 24/01/2016. L'Oic (Organizzazione per la cooperazione Islamica) ha detto che l'approvazione della legge sul Bangsamoro (Bbl) è in armonia con la revisione dell'accordo di pace del 1996 con il Moro National Liberation Leggi tutto...

  • AMRO to launch as Asian version of IMF this spring

    An East and Southeast Asian equivalent to the International Monetary Fund is expected to be launched as early as this spring, tasked with keeping watch on risks in the region such as a collapsing currency. The Singapore-based ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office, or AMRO, an independent body formed in April 2011 ...

  • More hat than cattle

    Opening up, ASEAN-style GRANDIOSE statements from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are the region’s Christmas crackers: they appear at regular intervals, create a commotion but contain little of substance. In November the leaders of the club’s ten members declared that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)—a single market around which ...

  • A rischio l'accordo Manila - MILF

    FILIPPINE Mindanao 14/12/2015. L'Organizzazione per la cooperazione islamica (Oic) ha espresso grave preoccupazione per il processo di pace nelle Filippine meridionali a maggioranza musulmana, alla luce dei ritardi nell'approvazione della legge su Mindanao. Leggi tutto...

  • Philippine economy grew 6% in 3Q

    MANILA -- The Philippine economy expanded 6% in the third quarter and officials Thursday forecast at least the same growth rate for the full year but warned of risks from the El Nino dry spell and presidential elections in 2016.

  • AEC export drop expected

    Thailand's export market share in Asean is likely to decline once the Asean Economic Community takes shape, with Singapore and Malaysia busy revving up their manufacturing presence in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

  • AEC set to miss deadline for free-trade bloc

    The Asean Economic Community was scheduled to set up a free-trade bloc by the end of 2015 to rival the European Union or the United States. But legislative foot-dragging and obstructive border practices have effectively prevented the free movement of goods, services and workers, with no chance to meet the ...