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ASEAN to strengthen regional supply chains

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 31 2020   /  01:00 am
The flags of ASEAN member states.(Shutterstock.com/Thapakorn Hemgo)

ASEAN economic ministers are committed to strengthening regional supply chains and improve trade digitalization to spur trade and investments, as well as cushion the impact of the ongoing health crisis, according to Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto. The commitment came after the 52nd ASEAN Economic Minister (AEM) meeting on Tuesday, in which ministers gathered virtually to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in the region’s economy, among other issues. “Indonesia supports the ASEAN’s joint effort to face COVID-19, particularly the economic pillar through the strengthening of supply chains and utilization of digital technology in trade,” Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in a statement on Wednesday. The ministers have also finalized an ASEAN Digital Integration Index, which maps the readiness for an integrated digital economy among ASEAN m...