|ASEAN Established:||August 8, 1967|
|ASEAN Members:||10 Members|
|ASEAN Headquarters:||Jakarta, Indonesia.|
|ASEAN Secretary General:||H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi (from Brunei)|
|ASEAN Region:||South-East Asia.|
It is a South-East Asian regional intergovernmental international organization. The ASEAN stands for Association of South-East Asian Nations. The market of ASEAN nations is the most fast-growing market in the world because they are all developing countries and ASEAN counties are working hard to compete with other developed countries' economies.
Initially, the group ASEAN was formed due to fear of communism and later started working to accelerate the economic growth, social progress, to promote peace and stability in the region, work on matters of the common interest of the region, provide assistance to each other to grow and to raise the living standard of the people.
ASEAN was created on August 8, 1967 with five members Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei then joined on January 7, 1984, Vietnam on July 28, 1995, Laos and Myanmar on July 23, 1997, and Cambodia on April 30, 1999.
There is a term ASEAN plus six. It is the further integration to improve existing ties with six other big economies China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, and New Zealand.
Currently, ASEAN comprising ten member states, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The main objectives of the group are to cooperate and facilitate economic, Political, Security, Educational, and Cultural relations among its members and with other Asian countries. ASEAN is a major partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
The headquarters of the ASEAN is situated in Jakarta, Indonesia.
India is not a member of ASEAN, but ASEAN is in the focal point of India's Act-East policy and the relation between India and ASEAN countries are very good. India is the strategic and dialogue partner of ASEAN and also the full member of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).