ASEAN. (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION.
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.
The ASEAN region has a population of about 500 million, a total area of 4.5 million square kilometers, a combined gross domestic product of almost US$ 700 billion, and a total trade of about US$ 850 billion.
Religion:Christianity (Catholicism, Protestantism, Philippine Independent Church, Iglesia ni Kristo); Islam
Member of:APEC, ARF, ACD, ADB, ASEAN, ASEM, CCC, Common Fund for Commodities, CP, ESCAP, FEALAC, FAO, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, NAM, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMIK, UNTAET, UNU, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, World Tourism Organization, World Trade Organization
Currency:Peso GDP:US$98,407.5 million (2005) at current market prices
Major Industries:Priority sectors : construction materials, electronics, food, giftware and holiday decor, home furnishings, IT & IT-enabled services, marine products, motor vehicle parts and components, organic and natural products, wearables
Major Exports:Electronic products; garments; ignition wiring set and other wiring sets used in vehicles, aircrafts, and ships; coconut oil; woodcrafts and furniture; other products manufactured from materials imported on consignment basis; petroleum products; metal components; cathodes and sections of cathodes of refined copper; fresh bananas (per data as of August 2005)
Major Imports:Electronic products; mineral fuels, lubricants, and related materials; industrial machinery and equipment; transport equipment; iron and steel; cereal and cereal preparations; textile yarn, fabrics, made-up articles, and related products; telecommunications equipment and electrical machinery; plastics in primary and nonprimary forms; organic and inorganic chemicals (per data as of August 2005)