Association OF Southeast Asian nation
Flagge von ASEAN
flag of ASEAN
hymn: ASEAN hymn
Bild:Karte ASEAN.png
seat of the secretariat Jakarta
Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong
surface 4.480.000 km 2

- total (2004)
- Density

122.3 Einw. /km ²
BSP (2003)

- total
- Total
- BSP/Kopf
- BSP/Kopf

$2,172 trillion (PPP)
$681 billion (nominally)
$4.044 (PPP)
$1.267 (nominally)


- signing

Bangkok contract

8. August 1967

currencies Brunei dollar (Federal Intelligence Service),
Rupiah (IDR), Riel (KHR),
Kip (LAK), Kyat (MMK),
Ringgit (MYR), peso (PHP),
Singapore dollar (SGD),
Baht (THB), Dong (VND)
time belt UTC +6 tons of +10

ASEAN (Association OF South East Asian nation) is a political, an economical and a culturalCombination of Southeast Asiatic states. Each year in November takes place a summit of the ASEAN states.

member states

the ASEAN became to 8. August 1967 of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore with the goal based,for economic upswing to co-operate social progress and political stability. The federation was from the outset clearly against the Eastern Bloc and put on against the communist People's Republic of China and should advance the member countries to the west. The establishment was the first with regard to foreign policySuccess of the new Indonesian president Suharto. Successes of the economic opening politics showed up soon, the member countries count today partially. to the so-called tiger states.

Since 1984 also the sultanate is Brunei member. In the nineties came Viet Nam (1995), Myanmar (Burma) and Laos (1997) as well as Kambodscha (1999) to it. Papua New Guinea has the status of an observer.

In the member states approximately 8% of the population of world live and in the year 2003 were attached the common gross domestic product (GROS DOMESTIC PRODUCT) of the membersapproximately 700 billion US Dollar. The average growth rate of the gross domestic product is with 4% per year.

Apart from the actual goals, improved economic, cultural and social co-operation 1994 furnished ASEAN become regionally the forum over different mechanisms like (ARF)also discusses safety questions. In addition on the Bangkok summit in December 1995 was decided to furnish until 2003 a foreign trade zone AFTA (ASEAN Free trade Association). Apart from the abolition of the trade barriers also the investment barriers are to be waived until 2010 - this is in the ASEAN Investment AREA (AIA) to be carried out.

China signed a trade agreement with the ASEAN, which is to strengthen the trade relations between China and the ASEAN states. Australia and New Zealand took up negotiations over a free trade agreement with the ASEAN.Thus are to be diminished to 2016 trade barriers clearly.

dialogue partners

the ASEAN states maintain good contacts to its dialogue partners in such a way specified Australia, People's Republic of China, the European union, India, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States of America. Thus Ministerial Conferences (PMC) with ministers of foreign affairs of the dialogue partners take place following the ASEAN Aussenministertreffen regularly post office.

Since 1997 there is regular Kosultationen with East Asian in the committee ASEAN plus ThreeCountries, i.e. the VR China, Japan and South Korea. The large enterprises of Japan and South Korea contributed with their investments to large growth in the ASEAN countries, therefore by most ASEAN countries the desire is expressed again and again that theseJoin States of the federation. So far the two countries show however no initiative into this direction.

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