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ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS
ASEAN Turns 41 ASEAN Secretariat, 8 August 2008
ASEAN celebrates its 41st Anniversary today and to mark the occasion, a flag hoisting ceremony was held in the morning at the ASEAN Secretariat.
The 8th of August is observed as ASEAN Day. It was on this day forty-one years ago that ASEAN’s founding fathers signed the ASEAN Declaration in Bangkok,
Members of ASEAN
Current Discussion related Summit in December
The India-Asean free trade agreement (FTA) — which would result in duty-free trade with Asean countries such as Malaysia and Singapore in most agriculture and industrial products over the next 10 years — is finally ready for take-off.
BANGKOK, Aug 7 (Bernama) — After three years of negotiations for the free trade agreement (FTA) between Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) and India were finally concluded Thursday (07 th August 2008)
Tricky issues including demands for lower duties on palm oil by Indonesia, which have not yet been fully sorted out, are expected to be dealt with at the meeting following which the agreement will be finalised, government sources said.
Benefits for India Through this Agreement
The FTA will be implemented from either January 1, 2009, or June 1, 2009, depending on how soon individual Asean members are able to ratify it, government sources said. The agreement is expected to give a big boost to bilateral trade, currently ruling at $30 billion per annum.
Expectation of trade with india( Currently Amounted to $28.7 billion in 2006)
Removed Obstacle for oil trade- Offer by India-- oil duties crude palm oil (CPO) to 37.5% and refined palm oil (RPO) to 45% over its offer of 43% and 51%, respectively, made in January this year, Most Importantly agreed by Indonesia. Offer by india-- I
Import duties on tea and coffee to 45% (from the existing bound rate of 100%) and rubber to 50% (from the existing bound rate of 70%) by 2018