ASEAN will be a single community in 2015. Are we ready? How will integration affect our businessmen and labour force? What kind of legal infrastructures are needed for Cambodia and Indonesia to be competitive? These are some of the questions posed in the talk shows in the two short, 30-minute video documentaries prepared by HRRC, with the generous support of the USAID, to enliven the discourse on regionalism, business, and rule of law.
The leaders of ASEAN have agreed to establish an ASEAN Community by 2015. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) envisages the following key characteristics:
- a single market and production base,
- a highly competitive economic region,
- a region of equitable economic development, and
- a region fully integrated into the global economy.
In summary, the AEC aims to shape ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour, and freer flow of capital. However, there has been too few public discussion about rule of law and the business actors in ASEAN.
Compiling footages and opinions to visualise the rule of law landscape in Cambodia and Indonesia as ASEAN moves towards integration, these video documentaries build up on the Baseline Study on Rule of Law in ASEAN, completed by HRRC in 2011. The study showed that comprehension of rule of law framework is crucial as political security, socio-cultural, and economic integration nears.