Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental organization established in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967. ASEAN comprises ten member states: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
One of ASEAN's significant achievements is its success in fostering economic integration and growth in the region. Through the AFTA and the AEC, ASEAN has facilitated the removal of trade barriers, increased market access, and promoted investment flows among its member states. ASEAN has also established various initiatives to promote sustainable development, such as the ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Sub-Sector Network and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.
Besides, ASEAN has been crucial in promoting regional peace and stability. The organization has established conflict prevention, management, and resolution mechanisms, such as the ARF, the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting, and the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center. ASEAN has also taken a leading role in regional security issues, including counterterrorism, maritime security, and cybersecurity.
List of ASEAN member countries
Note: * indicates a founding member
|Brunei||459,500||7 January 1984|
|Cambodia||15,288,489||30 April 1999|
|Indonesia||267,670,543||8 August 1967*|
|Laos||7,123,205||23 July 1997|
|Malaysia||32,730,000||8 August 1967*|
|Myanmar||53,582,855||23 July 1997|
|Philippines||109,048,269||8 August 1967*|
|Singapore||5,703,600||8 August 1967*|
|Thailand||66,558,935||8 August 1967*|
|Vietnam||96,208,984||28 July 1995|