If ASEAN, with its 10 countries comprising 630 million people (or 9% of the world's population), were one economy it would now rank as the world's sixth largest. This speaks to both its progress – since its humble beginning in 1967 – and its potential

The 2025 ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint, and the corresponding 2025 ASEAN Capital Markets Vision have already set ambitious goals for ASEAN’s future. They strive for a more integrated, innovative and inclusive region. But can ASEAN achieve these goals? If so, how? And to what purpose, for today's organisations and institutions?

These are the complex questions our “Reimagining ASEAN” series seeks to answer. Bringing together leading thinkers, policymakers, corporates, and innovators – based within ASEAN and outside – we explore where ASEAN is in the areas of trade, payments and FX, capital markets, and digitalisation. What is ASEAN’s progress to date? What potential barriers still remain? And most importantly, how can ASEAN accelerate progress and unlock its true potential?

Why should we bother to reimagine ASEAN? What does an integrated ASEAN mean for Asia and the rest of the world? Boon-Hiong Chan, Head of Market Advocacy APAC, and lead of “Reimagining ASEAN” opens this special report with his thoughts - and hopes that you will share yours with us too.

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