Association of Southeast Asian Nations + 6
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on 7 January 1984, followed by Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.
Pathway to Economic Recovery: Utilization of Digital and Technological Advancement
As one of the most prominent regional organizations, ASEAN has proved to the world its relevance and solidarity. The economic sector is one of the many cooperations ASEAN member states engage in. Alongside five other member states in the region, ASEAN led the establishment of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), also known as the largest Free Trade Agreement in the world, during the pandemic as one of its efforts towards regional economic recovery.
Entering two years of the pandemic, it is undoubted that the status quo has been a catalizator for digital and technological advancements. Various technological companies experienced significant growth in Southeast Asia, especially of those relating to e-commerce and international trade, not to mention numerous promising startups that have been emerging throughout the region. In ASEAN+6, delegates are invited to formulate policies and come up with solutions to ensure economic recovery through digital inclusion.