Talking ASEAN: The Business Series on 1 Year ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): Progress & Challenges of Southeast Asian Economic Integration

December 2016 marks the first anniversary of the official launch of the ASEAN Economic Community. Although ASEAN was quite successful in pushing for ASEAN’s economic integration among its members and with the global economy, there is still much more work to be done in fully integrating the ten economies together. The immediate priority of the AEC now is to complete the plans of the 2015 AEC blueprint and start working on implementing the AEC Blueprint 2025.

There is little doubt that ASEAN’s economic integration is becoming more of an anomaly in a world taken over by a wave of populism with a protectionist bent, but experts generally agree that the benefits of deeper economic integration outweighs the benefits if each ASEAN member state pursues their own distinct agendas.

Because the AEC was designed to serve the interests of the region’s population, the public’s awareness and businesses’ utilization of the AEC facilities is an important parameter to measure the success of the AEC.

Opening Remarks: Dr. Raldi Hendro Koestoer, Senior Adviser to the Minister for Relation of Economic, Human Development and Culture

Main Speaker: Prof. Patrick Ziegenhain, Visiting Professor, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaysia

Closing Remarks: Ms. Rahimah Abdulrahim, Executive Director, The Habibie Center

Moderator : Dr. Alexander C. Chandra, Associate Fellow, The Habibie Center


  • H.E. Amb. RahmatPramono, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to ASEAN
  • Prof. Mari Elka Pangestu*, Former Minister of Trade, Republic of Indonesia
  • Dr. Yose Rizal Damuri, Head of the Department of Economics, CSIS & ISD Board of Founders
  • Ms. Nia Sarinastiti, Marketing and Communications Director, Accenture Indonesia & ISD Board of Directors
  • Ms. Felia Salim*, ISD Advisor
(*) to be confirmed

Flyer TA AEC