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Economic Brief - Regional integration in South-East Asia : lessons for the southern Mediterranean Countries


Key messages

• Despite a long common history, geographical, cultural, religious and linguistic proximities, North Africa is an under-integrated region. • ASEAN's high rate of trade integration cannot be solely attributed to the trade liberalization and economic integration efforts deployed by the member countries.

• Traditionally more open to FDI than the North African Economies, ASEAN was very rapidly integrated into the strategies of global companies, first as a production base, then as a market.

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