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ASEAN must leverage collective strength to navigate challenges: Iswaran

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06 Oct ASEAN must leverage collective strength to navigate challenges: Iswaran

By Afifah Ariffin

SINGAPORE: ASEAN must draw on its shared vision and collective strength to stay resolute in its commitment to regional economic integration, particularly in light of rising anti-globalisation sentiment and protectionism, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran said on Thursday (Oct 5).

In a speech at the 10th ASEAN and Asia forum organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Mr Iswaran emphasised the need for ASEAN to anchor its relevance on the global stage, in order to compete for international trade and investments.

“It will help unlock the potential of our economies, enhance the competitiveness of our enterprises, and create opportunities for our people,” said Mr Iswaran.

“It is therefore imperative that ASEAN not only continues on the present trajectory, but in fact leads the way in charting a path to open trade and active participation in the global economy.”

The forum was attended by 400 business leaders and officials.

Full Article: ASEAN must leverage collective strength to navigate challenges: Iswaran [Channel NewsAsia, 5 Oct 2017]

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