Investing in Indonesia is also investing in ASEAN. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is becoming more integrated, looking to inaugurate its single market in 2015. With a total area of 4.44 million sq. kilometers and a population of 629 million, ASEAN was in 2013 able to reach a total regional GDP of USD 3.8 trillion. On the other hand, its GDP growth reached 5.2%, with the largest contribution
being that of Indonesia. ASEAN’s ambition is to connect a diverse and bustling region towards an effective customs union with free movement of goods and the potential to become a global economic powerhouse.
This section discusses the characteristics of ASEAN, the arguments that justify its popularity as one of the world’s fastest growing regions and the potential of the economic integration of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.