The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is a regional block, distinct from the political and economic giants of Asia: China, Japan, India. ASEAN member countries have diverse internal structures, cemented by a common goal, embodied in its charter: “to transform ASEAN into a stable, prosperous, and highly competitive region with equitable economic development, and reduced poverty and socio-economic disparities”. Almost 50 years after its foundation in 1967, ASEAN’s path has been marked by impressive results. In particular, the addition of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar – matured at the end of the Cold War – provided growth and stability to the role of the Association. Its economic dynamism – even with contradictions and inequalities – is fast consigning to history poverty and backwardness. A systematic, well-targeted political dialogue is currently developing between Italy and the ten ASEAN members. Trade and investments, as well as official visits, are constantly increasing. For Italy, the richness and diversity of the countries, peoples and resources of ASEAN offer great promise for a very successful cooperation.
Contributions by Carlo Calenda, Matthieu Cristelli, Paolo Gentiloni, Pietro Ginefra, Sean Hill, Le Luong Minh, Riccardo Maria Monti, Abdul Samad Othman, Luciano Pietronero, Michelangelo Pipan, Andrea Tacchella, Erick Thohir, Andrea Zaccaria. Companies: Ariston Thermo, CMC-Cooperativa Muratori Cementisti, SGFE-Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise, Tenaris Dalmine. Preface by di Enrico Letta.
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Publication year 2015
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The Author, Romeo Orlandi. Vice President of the Association Italy-ASEAN, Romeo Orlandi is an economist and sinologist. Professor of Globalization and Far East at the University of Bologna, he also teaches various post-graduate courses. Romeo has directed the think tank Osservatorio Asia since its inception in 2004. He was Trade Commissioner for the Italian Government in Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing (for Greater China). He is an international strategic consultant for governmental institutions and companies, a regular contributor to national and international media, and author of several books on China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and ASEAN.