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40 Years of EU-ASEAN Partnership & Prosperity: Trading and Investing Together

The year 2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for both ASEAN and the EU. Round numbers predominate – 40, 50, and 60. 40 years of formal EU-ASEAN dialogue; 50 years since the creation of ASEAN; and 60 years since the Treaty of Rome established the forerunner of the present day European Union. All are important milestones and ones that the EU-ASEAN Business Council hopes can be marked by further and enhanced diplomatic, trade and investment relations with ASEAN. Optimism about ASEAN’s future remains as strong as ever. That is probably, in one sentence, the key headline that emerged from the EU-ASEAN Business Council’s Business Sentiment Survey in 2016. The survey of European business

Belt & Road and International Cooperation Key to Global Growth and Reducing Long-Term Risks

The Belt & Road Initiative, announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013, is a drive to build infrastructure connecting China and the other 64 Silk Road countries of ASEAN, South and Central Asia and the Middle East. The initiative is well recognised as a welcome stimulus to global growth, and helping countries face the challenges of poor physical and social infrastructure. For the ASEAN region in particular, the initiative could provide a welcome boost in dealing with undoubted need for increased infrastructure spend as the region continues with its economic development – a trend that should provide plenty of opportunity for European businesses. What is less discussed, but equally important, i

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