Thailand Country Study ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint Mid-term Review Project
The main objectives of this study are to determine progress in the implementation of the key Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) measures compared to the first monitoring effort in 2010-2011, and to compare the gap between the liberalisation rate in terms of commitments and in terms of actual policies. This study also examines the implementation bottlenecks and generates recommendations from stakeholders (such as the business sector, academia, and government) to address the key bottlenecks and move forward the implementation of the AEC measures into 2015 and beyond (2016-2025). In addition, in view of the importance of the private sector for the successful realisation and deepening of the AEC in 2015 and beyond, this study explores greater partnership with or engagement of the private sector by conducting both intensive consultations and interviews with key informants in the private sector.
The AEC measures of interest in this study are services liberalisation, non-tariff measures (NTM), trade facilitation, investment liberalisation, mutual recognition arrangements (MRA) on professional services, and standards and conformance.