The group has spurred economic integration, signing six free-trade agreements with other regional economies. Decisions are reached through consultation and consensus guided by the principles of noninterference in internal affairs and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Some experts see this approach to decision-making as a chief drawback for the organization. Southeast Asia. Regional Organizations.
The ASEAN Declaration states that the aims and purposes of the Association are: 1 to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavors in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian nations, and 2 to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter. The TAC stated that ASEAN political and security dialogue and cooperation should aim to promote regional peace and stability by enhancing regional resilience. Regional resilience shall be achieved by cooperating in all fields based on the principles of self-confidence, self-reliance, mutual respect, cooperation, and solidarity, which shall constitute the foundation for a strong and viable community of nations in Southeast Asia. The ARF has begun to explore activities where there is overlap between confidence-building measures and preventive diplomacy.
Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
MANILA, Philippines AP — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has cost thousands of lives, says he used marijuana to keep awake at a recent regional meeting, but later disavowed his assertion as a joke. Duterte made the comment Monday at an awards ceremony where he talked about attending last month's meeting in Singapore of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and how the schedules of such gatherings that run from morning until late at night is grueling. BANGKOK AP — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by to make sure the region's burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market.
The association was initially composed of the following five members:. The original purpose of the group was to calm tensions between its members and to contain the spread of communism in the region. In the s, the association incorporated the communist states of Vietnam and Laos as well as quasi-communist Cambodia