With a GDP greater than Brazil or India and growth of 5.6% in 2012, the economies of the 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are an economic bloc of global importance. Nevertheless, there is still much potential for development of the region, as the association set out in its blueprint for the creation of an Asean Economic Community by 2015.
A crucial aspect of this blueprint is financial services integration and the opening up of the region's capital
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