Monday 16 Jul 2018 | 07:22 | SYDNEY
Monday 16 Jul 2018 | 07:22 | SYDNEY

Some success for ASEAN


Sam Roggeveen


2 September 2008 10:38

I've been remiss in not noting earlier the successful conclusion of talks last Friday on the Australia-ASEAN free trade agreement, our first 'plurilateral' FTA. On the same day, ASEAN also concluded an FTA with India. It's surely premature to talk of ASEAN as 'the next EU', but the trends are certainly positive. The trick will be to make the growing list of bilateral and plurilateral FTAs compatible so that they can eventually be woven together into a more coherent regional structure.