ASEAN private companies and its dialogue partner countries are expected to more actively engage in the region’s economic integration process, says ASEAN deputy secretary-general Pushpanathan Sundram.“We have provided several channels for ASEAN public officials and private sectors, such as regular consultations and business dialogues with industry associations and business councils from ASEAN and partner countries,” he said during his presentation at the ASEAN Trade Facilitation Forum in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Saturday. He explained that it was important for ASEAN to pay close attention to responses and feedback from the private sector on the implementation of measures stipulated in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint.
The forum was jointly held by the Indonesian Trade Ministry, the US Mission to ASEAN and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on the sidelines of the 43rd ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEMM). Sundram revealed that despite positive progress of the AEC blueprint measure implementation, several challenges remained in place, such as how to ensure a timely implementation of the measures and track their impact on the field. “It is also necessary to have mechanisms to handle cross-cutting issues such as coordination at national and regional levels,” he said.
(Soal UN SMA/MA IPA 2011/2012)
1. How can private companies and public officials from ASEAN countries participate in the region’s economic integration process?
A. By participating in ASEAN Trade Facilitation Forum
B. Through consultations and dialogues
C. By paying closing attention to responses and feedback from private sectors
D. Through intensive partnership with partner countries
E. By conducting meeting and conferences
2. Which ministers of ASEAN countries most probably attend the ASEAN Trade Facilitation Forum?
A. The Minister of Foreign Affairs
B. The Finance Minister
C. The Tourism Minister
D. The Trade Minister
E. The Information Minister