Asean economic integration up for discussion

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


THE Ilonggos will be given the chance to air their side and commitment on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) economic integration in 2015.

The Regional Development Council and National Economic and Development Authority will sponsor a forum on the Asean Economic Community 2015 on March 11 at the Smallville 21 Hotel.

Speakers will discuss the challenges of creating a single market and production base for the 10-member countries with more than 600 million consumers; duty-free imports and stiff competition among countries within the Asean region.

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Socio-Economic Planning Secretary and Neda Director-General Arsenio Balisacan will be the keynote speaker. The forum is dubbed “Gearing Up Asean Economic Community 2015: the Critical Role of the Country’s Regions.”

Other speakers are from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies and the topics are as follows: Overview of the Asean Economic Community by Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto; AEC Blueprint: Implementation and Effectiveness; Assessment for Philippine Agriculture by Dr. Roehl M. Briones; AEC 2015 and Small and Medium Enterprises by Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba; and Infrastructure and Logistics by Dr. Adora M. Llanto. (LCP)

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