ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian NationsASEAN is an alliance of currently 10 member states in Southeast Asia with the aim of working together both economically and politically. The seat is currently based in Singapore. One of the models for the current economic area was the European Union. The predecessor of ASEAN, founded on August 8, 1967, is the ASA Association (1961-1967).
There are also several different agreements between the members in which numerous ASEAN member states also participate in order to strengthen the economic community:
ARF ("ASEAN Regional Forum") for Security
AFTA ("ASEAN Freetrade Area") for a free trade zone
AIA ("ASEAN Investment Area") for direct investments
All member states comprise a total area of 4.49 million km² and about 660.62 million people. This is 3.0% of the habitable area around the world and 8.6% of the world population.