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ASEAN Economic Integration Brief, Issue No. 3

Date Published: June 2018

Summary: At the beginning of the year, H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, took the helm as the Secretary-General of ASEAN for the period of 2018-2022, succeeding H.E. Le Luong Minh. In the special feature article, the Secretary-General sets out his vision for ASEAN in the midst of a rapidly changing global environment and the digital transformation that is underway.

Adjunct Professor Patrick Low, former Chief Economist of the World Trade Organization (WTO), contributed the second article in this issue on the escalating trade tensions, the implications that these may have on the multilateral trading system, and what this means for a region like ASEAN.

The key messages in this issue of the AEIB dovetail with the theme of Singapore’s 2018 ASEAN Chairmanship of “resilient and innovative,” signaling the region’s commitment to foster its collective future-readiness. More than ever, the interconnectedness of the various works in the region requires closer cooperation across sectors within the AEC and across the ASEAN Community pillars.