The blooming of global investment has been shrinking the world and blurring national borders. In our region, the Asean Economic Community (AEC) blueprint is designed to establish Asean as a single market and production base. It is hoped that Asean will become more dynamic and competitive, with new ways to expedite existing economic initiatives.
The AEC is paving the way for a freer flow of skilled labour across borders, especially in eight professions: medical doctors, dentists, nurses, engineers, architects, accountants, surveyors and tourism professionals.
Of course, it is an exaggeration to say there will be a totally free flow of expertise across borders. Work permits will still be required, although the AEC will attempt to facilitate visas, harmonise the procedures for obtaining work permits and standardise various professional qualifications. Some skilled professionals may also be required to complete licence requirements for working within the region.
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