Vinod K. Aggarwal and Bora Park
Supply Chain Asia, 2013
The lack of rapid progress in efforts to create a full-fledged AEC should not come as a surprise. It is worth noting that ASEAN security origins have created a reluctance to move forward aggressively, with the norms it has created over the years of respect for sovereignty, non-interference in other member states’ domestic affairs, elite-based diplomacy, decision-making by mutual consultation and consensus, and a preference for incrementalism spilling over into its efforts to promote economic integration. Still, to this point, given these constraints, AEC continues to make progress. With appropriate strategies for the changing environment, the SCM industry can benefit from this deeper integration in the region.