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Jakarta Post

ASEAN and the development gap in border areas

  • Kemal Azis Stamboel

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 15 2013   /  10:47 am

ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be realized by the end of 2015. This plan will bring Southeast Asian countries into one single block economic community.

However, there are so many concerns pertaining to the implementation of AEC especially in narrowing the development gap among member countries.

Not only is the gap higher between the CMLV (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam) countries but also among ASEAN-6 countries.

This led ASEAN leaders to endorse the ASEAN Framework for Equitable Economic Development at the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2011. This document can be seen as the first step to inclusive and equitable development in the region.

For Indonesia, one of the challenges in realizing this framework is narrowing the development gap in the border areas that are directly adjacent to neighboring countries.

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