Asian Review

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The transnational flows of persons has become an important topic in ASEAN integration following the ASEAN initiative to liberalize trade in services, and with the new vision to achieve an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. But the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services is vague, inconsistent, and lacking in implementation mechanisms. I argue that a freer flow of persons can contribute to the interests of both states and the region, but requires many changes in the commitment of ASEAN member states, working practices, and institutions within ASEAN.



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