ASEAN connectivity challenged by domestic blocks

28 April 2014

Source: The Jakarta Post The Indonesian government is still scrambling to connect areas nationwide before it can move ahead with 15 ASEAN connectivity projects, which will connect member states to one another. Indonesia could lose out in regional competition if ASEAN connectivity outpaces domestic connectivity once the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) comes into effect next […]

Impasse will not hurt AEC

22 April 2014

Source: Bangkok Post Despite being mired in a political impasse, Thailand will remain competitive, particularly in terms of garments and textiles, hotels and tourism, retail operations and medical services, once the regional economic integration takes effect. Deputy commerce permanent secretary Vuthichai Duangratana said the ongoing political conflict will not affect the Asean Economic Community (AEC) […]

ASEAN Economic Community to bring opportunities, challenges to Vietnamese exporters

21 April 2014

Source: Global Times Once formed in 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will bring both opportunities and challenges to Vietnamese exporters, according to experts. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The AEC marks the commitment of the ASEAN leaders to […]

More border, trilateral trade urged as AEC nears

16 April 2014

Source: The Nation Thailand should concentrate more on promoting cross-border and trilateral trading among countries with connected borders under the Asean Economic Community (AEC), as it will not only reduce costs and risk for Thai traders in doing international business, but also increase their efficiency in a seamless world. Niyom Wairatpanij, chairman of the Economic […]

Tempered enthusiasm for the ASEAN economic community

11 April 2014

Mr. Chew Seng Kok, Regional Managing Partner of ZICOlaw, was recently interviewed by Myanmar Times for his business insights on the inevitable ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Source: Myanmar Times For Chew Seng Kok, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) – set to launch in January 2015 – is not a nebulous concept too far off or […]

ASEAN agrees to Myanmar’s proposal for financial inclusion system

8 April 2014

Source: Global Times ASEAN finance ministers have agreed to Myanmar’s proposal to enhance a “financial inclusion” system which aims to help all people in the region get access to financial services, state media quoted Myanmar Finance Minister U Win Shein, chair of the regional meeting, as reporting Sunday. Further discussion about the proposal will be […]

ASEAN economic community: Rules of engagement

1 April 2014

Source: Business World Online From a fledgling organization of five member-states in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has evolved into a dynamic force in the global arena. The ASEAN “solar system” now has 10 countries revolving around its axis. The analogy is quite apt considering that each of these countries has different […]

ZICO Law Expands with New Intellectual Property Practice

1 April 2014

The network continues to deliver its promise of Regional Expertise, Local Grounding in the ASEAN Region As part of our commitment to enhance our service to clients, we are pleased to announce the establishment of our new Intellectual Property (IP) Practice in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new practice commences operations today.                Su […]