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ASEAN Community 2025 Forging Ahead Together: Impetus to a Real Community in 2025?

Sufian Jusoh
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Muhamad Noor Yacob
Asia Pacific Centre for Economic Diplomacy

ASEAN has progressed from a mere loose political and economic organisation to an international organisation and finally to a “Community” as envisaged in the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the ASEAN Community 2025 Forging Ahead Together. Officially ASEAN is now a Community consisting of three separate branches namely the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the ASEAN Political ­Cultural Community (APCC) and the ASEAN Socio­ Cultural Community (ASCC). Despite the Kuala Lumpur Declaration and the Blueprints attached to it, questions remain whether the ASEAN Community is going to be a “complete community” in 2025. On the ASEAN Community as a whole, one of the key issues is the integration of the newer ASEAN Member States with the ASEAN ­6. On the AEC, some ASEAN experts observe that the full scale implementation of the AEC is far from complete under the AEC Blueprint 2015 hence imposing a major challenge on the success of the AEC Blueprint 2025. In addition, the APCC also faces serious challenges, ranging from the conflicts in the South China Sea to the issues on transboundary organised crimes such as human trafficking. The ASCC on the other hand faces issues like increasing youth integration, mobility of people and environmental matters. The Roundtable will examine the ASEAN Community 2025 Blueprints from the angle of the three communities and will propose steps and measures for ASEAN to adopt in ensuring a “complete” ASEAN Community in 2025.


Muhamad Noor Yacob (Asia Pacific Centre for Economic Diplomacy)

Ambassador Dato’ Muhamad Noor Yacob is the Chairman, Malaysian Automotive Institute, Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Economic Diplomacy and Adjunct Professor, Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, UKM. He was the Executive Director of APEC, Chairman of the General Council of the WTO and the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the WTO.



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Roberto Echandi (World Bank Group)

Roberto Echandi is the Global Lead of Investment Policy at the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group. He was formerly the director of the Programme on International Investment at the WTI Bern, and Ambassador of Costa Rica to the European Union.

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Noor Azlan Ghazali (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)

Professor Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali, an economist, is the Vice Chancellor of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Noor Azlan is the Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of government, Harvard University. He is also a Member of the Monetary Committee at the Bank Negara Malaysia.

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Rashila Ramli (University Kebangsaan Malaysia)

Professor Dr. Rashila Ramli is the Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Malaysia. Her areas of specialization are Political Development, Gender and Politics, and International Politics focusing on Global Governance including Governance of the South China Sea and its implication on ASEAN.

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Abdullah Mohd Zain (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)

Professor Dr. Abdullah Mohd Zain is the Dean of the Faculty of Information Science and Technology at University Kebangsaan Malaysia. Professor Abdullah’s areas of expertise include computing in mathematics, natural science, engineering and medicine, artificial intelligence and software engineering.

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Rahmat Mohamad (Asia Africa Legal Consultative Organisation)


His Excellency Professor Dr. Rahmat Mohamad is the Secretary ­General of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and Malaysia’s candidate to the International Law Commission of the United Nations. He also served as Deputy Vice­ Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia and held the position of Professor of International Law since 2003 at the Faculty of Law at Universiti Teknologi MARA.