Coherent Approach towards External Economic Relations

ASEAN shall work towards maintaining “ASEAN Centrality” in its external economic relations, including but not limited to, its negotiations for free trade agreements (FTAs) and comprehensive economic partnership (CEP) agreements. 

This approach involves: 

  • reviewing FTA / CEP commitments vis-à-vis ASEAN’s internal integration commitments; and 
  • establishing a system for enhanced coordination, and possibly arriving at common approaches and/or positions in ASEAN’s external economic relations, as well as regional and multilateral forums.