Top 7 Facts About ASEAN That Everyone Should Know
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organisation that encourages cultural, social, political, and economic development in the ten Southeast Asian countries. Today, we present to you the list of the top 7 facts about ASEAN.
Top 7 facts about ASEAN
ASEAN represents 8.7% of the total world population
The organisation represents 8.7% of the total world population. After China and India, ASEAN is the most populous region in the world. The region also has one of the largest economies in the world.
49 per cent of ASEAN’s population lives in urban areas
Nearly 49 per cent of ASEAN’s population lives in urban areas. There are also the high literacy rates of the under-30 population. There is also widespread use of social media in the region.
The location of ASEAN
- The headquarters of ASEAN is located in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- It was first established on August 8, 1967, in Bangkok, Thailand.
- The first ASEAN summit was held in Bali, Indonesia, in 1976.
Countries in ASEAN
- There are 10 members of ASEAN – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- It was founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.
- ASEAN and Australia have become Strategic Partners since 2014.
The Functions of ASEAN
The function of ASEAN are –
- To accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region.
- To maintain close and beneficial cooperation with existing international and regional organisations
- Promoting peace and stability in the region
The ASEAN summit is a biannual meeting held by the members of the ASEAN to discuss the economic, political, security, and socio-cultural matters of the region. The members discuss important topics for the development of the ten Southeast Asian countries.
One of the most diverse regions in the world
ASEAN is one of the most diverse regions in the world. ASEAN is home to hundreds of different ethnic groups, each with its own distinct culture and traditions.
These are the top 7 facts about ASEAN. Share your views about ASEAN countries in the comment section below.