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Jakarta Post

ASEAN expects US connectivity despite crisis

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 11 2011   /  07:00 am

Ten ASEAN economic ministers are meeting in Manado, North Sulawesi, this week for an ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting. Commerce and industry ministers from dialogue partners will also join the meeting. The Jakarta Post’s Mustaqim Adamrah interviewed ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan on Tuesday about ASEAN’s progress in the Economic Community so far. Below are excerpts of the interview:

Question: What is the latest development in ASEAN connectivity projects?

Answer: Japan, China, Australia, the US and the EU have expressed interest. When they say they are interested, they mean their business communities are interested.

The government can facilitate them, the government can support information dissemination, and in some cases, they can support feasibility studies.

Real investment from the private sector can be in the form of PPP (public private partn...