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ASEAN intensifies sub-regional cooperation

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, March 2 2009   /  02:13 pm

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced Saturday that Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand had agreed to develop air, land and sea infrastructure to better connect the three countries in an effort to boost trade, investment and tourism among them. Speaking to reporters in Cha-am, Thailand, during the 14th ASEAN Summit, President Yudhoyono said the project was part of the commitment toward an ASEAN economic community by 2015 for a more integrated market system to tackle global economic challenges. Yudhoyono met Saturday with Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in a sub-regional meeting under the 4th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle Summit. "*The physical part of* the project will be roads, ports and airports, and will involve the Indonesian provinces on Sumatra and also a number of Thai and Malays...