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By the end of 2015, the 10 nations of ASEAN are scheduled to be integrated into a single market of 600 million people with an overall GDP of around US$2.3 trillion. The impact of the ASEAN Economic Community on trade, business and investment is expected to reinforce the region’s potential as an economic and commercial powerhouse.

However, much still needs to be done for full economic integration to become a reality and to be optimised — amid persistent concerns over protectionist pressures, the needs of economies at different levels of development, and the region’s historically low productivity rates.

Meanwhile, businesses are focusing on disruptive technologies, skills training and the other key elements that will form the core of a successful region-wide growth strategy.

Leading minds from government, business and finance will gather in Kuala Lumpur to explore these issues in detail at the second Financial Times ASEAN Economic Summit.

Panel discussions:

  • Are governments and business sufficiently aligned to make the ASEAN Economic Community succeed? Can rising protectionism be overcome?
  • Will the increasing investment from Japan, China, Korea and India be more transformative for ASEAN than economic integration?
  • CEO Dialogue: The Multinationals’ View
  • Does ASEAN have the education systems and technological depth to be able to produce and sustain innovation?
  • Are ASEAN companies ready to become global challengers?

For more information and to register, please visit the website here.