Maximising the ASEAN Economic Community

ASEAN governments and businesses must continue to stay open and engage their domestic, regional and dialogue partners to maximise gains from the ASEAN Economic Community, which will be fully effective in 2015, Anangga Roosdiono, chairman of the Asean Business Advisory Council, said.

"The key challenge for Asean is to stay the course in community building as a whole," he said as reported by The Nation (Thailand).

A transformation of mindset from "national interest to regional action" to "regional interest to national action" is also necessary for community building as a whole, he told a forum entitled "TMA Top Talk: AEC 2015 … Fact, Fiction, Future" held by the Thailand Management Association. However, public awareness of the AEC remains relatively low in Indonesia and most other Asean members.