JAKARTA (VNS) — Many changes will occur after the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of this year.
They include simpler travelling requirements for citizens of the 10-nation bloc, increased student exchange programmes and easier movement of working professionals between member states, said ASEAN Deputy Secretary General AKP Mochtan in a meeting with reporters from the Asia News Network (ANN), which links 21 media groups.
Mochtan said the AEC was not just about the harmonisation and liberation of trade between member states, but would also promote a sense of unity among ASEAN's citizens.
He said ASEAN countries would continue to tackle the main issues in the region, such as the East Sea territorial dispute, human trafficking, natural disasters and humanitarian aid.
ASEAN also hoped to promote co-operation between its member states in other fields, such as issuing a common visa similar to that in the European Union, a feasibility study for ASEAN's bid to host the 2034 World Cup as well as the formation of the ASEAN Football Super League. — VNS