The Asean Economic Community remains on track for its establishment in 2015, Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan reaffirmed on Wednesday, rejecting a newswire report that the AEC may be delayed.
"There have been numerous activities leading up to 2015. There will continue to be activities throughout 2015. And there will surely be continued progress and improvements after 2015," Mr Surin said.
"However, there was never an agreed, exact date as to when in 2015 we should all work towards -- should it be 1 January? Mid-year? Or year-end 2015? The AEM (asean economic ministers) agreed on 31 December 2015," he said in the statement.
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