Set up to do
For the “ASEAN + 6” is a grouping of 16 countries comprising the 10 ASEAN member countries are Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. the other six countries outside ASEAN countries are China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India, the women in this group are found to ASEAN + 6, with a combined population of over three billion people, or about 50%. the population of the world ever
Many people may wonder Why Asean integration with the other six countries outside ASEAN, the answer is the integration of ASEAN + 6, to increase the capacity of the Group to invest in the commercial potential, and can compete with other regions such as the EU. this is also preparing to launch a free trade agreement. With the establishment of the ASEAN Community With a combined capacity of each trade group together. So that ASEAN can do a more stable economy.
Of the ASEAN + 6
The concept of “ASEAN + 6” began in the first meeting between the ASEAN Economic Ministers – Japan (AEM-METI) and the AEM + 3 (China, Japan, Korea), Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia In August 2549 a group of experts proposed by the Japanese Department (Track II) of the country East Asia Summit (EAS consists of ASEAN, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India) to study the possibility of establishing. Comprehensive Economic Partnership in East Asia (CEPEA), an FTA between ASEAN + 6 countries (China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand).
Then in the 2nd East Asia Summit on 15 January 2550 at Chester City Cebu Philippines. The meeting also agreed to continue to study the matter. The Japan held joint meetings between academics, representative of each country for the first time in June 2550 to study the feasibility of a free trade agreement between ASEAN +6 (CEPEA).
The group of scholars gathered together all six times between the years 2550 – 2551, before the conclusion. If the free trade agreement between ASEAN +6 (CEPEA) will facilitate trade and investment. Cooperation on the economy, energy, environment, information technology.
Upon conclusion as follows: The expert group therefore decided to study the feasibility of a free trade agreement between ASEAN +6 (CEPEA) in Phase 2, focusing on cooperation. (Cooperation), facilitated. (Facilitation) and liberalization. (Liberalization) to help build the capacity of member countries. To support the liberalization under the ASEAN +6 (CEPEA).
In the meeting held on 13 to 16 August 2552 a group of experts concluded that. The free trade agreement between ASEAN +6 (CEPEA) should focus on cooperation first. With an emphasis on human resource development in each country. Including technology transfer (Transfer of Technology) and strengthen small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should be considered, including the establishment of East Asia. To help support the economic cooperation to take place. And create a basis for further development.
The benefits of ASEAN + 6
The report of the expert group on the year in 2551 and 2552 found that the free trade agreement between ASEAN +6 (CEPEA) will make the gross domestic product (GDP) of countries in Asia. East rose by 2.11%, or if it is the only ASEAN member countries. The gross domestic product to rise 3.83%, and only when all of it will be found. The gross domestic product will rise to 4.78%, while the country ever +6. The gross domestic product increased by 2.6%.
In addition, ASEAN + 6, will help improve the economic structure of the country follows.
1. Expanding domestic demand within the region (Domestic demand within the region).
2. Increased economic efficiency in the region. With an emphasis on expertise in the production of each country (Product specialization).
3. Development of infrastructure to the link between Member States. Especially Logistics which these developments will lead to a gap in the level of development in each member state. The economic integration of the tight pick up.