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Malaysia’s participation in the ASEAN economic community

Alavi, Rokiah (2014) Malaysia’s participation in the ASEAN economic community. In: Malaysia’s socio-economic transformation: Ideas for the next decade. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, pp. 227-260. ISBN 978-981445968-6 / 978-981445969-3

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The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was established in 2007 with the objective to create a single market and production base. The AEC is meant to allow the free movement of goods, services, skilled labour, and capital within the ten ASEAN economies by 2015. Malaysia has given its commitment to ASEAN's initiative to establish a single market, and has consistently been working towards enhancing regional and international linkages to mutually benefit from its trading partners and Asian neighbours. In fact, the AEC's vision and the goals of Malaysia's national economic development plans under the New Economic Model (NEM) are compatible. The vision of the AEC is “to create a highly competitive single market that promotes equitable economic development for member states, as well as facilitating their integration with global economy” (ASEAN Secretariat 2010). This is consistent with the key objective of NEM to develop Malaysia into a “high income nation with inclusiveness and sustainability by 2020” (NEAC 2009). In addition, the NEM highlighted the importance of integration especially with ASEAN countries and Asia through trade and investment in driving the long-term growth of the economy. Hence, it is understandable why Malaysia has been in the forefront in advancing ASEAN's initiative to strengthen regional economic cooperation and convergence. This chapter intends to study the motivation and prospects for Malaysia in participating in ASEAN Economic Community. The chapter also discusses the progress of Malaysia's implementation of AEC Blueprint and how Malaysia's involvement in ASEAN's initiatives is in line with its economic development objectives. Discussion on the challenges faced by Malaysia in deepening economic integration concludes the chapter.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 438/58421
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysia, participation, ASEAN, economic, community
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Depositing User: DR ROKIAH ALAVI
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 11:44
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 11:44
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/58421

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