The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an example of how smaller global economies can band together to exert a more powerful influence within the international community and have their collective voice heard. ASEAN is made up of 10 members: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR (Laos), Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Originally founded in 1967 to foster regional cooperation and promote peace, ASEAN today has an ambitious agenda that includes accelerating economic growth, trade and regional interests in the decades to come. I’ve invited my colleague Dennis Lim to share some of his thoughts on the progress therein, and the investment potential we see in the region. Dennis Lim Senior Vice President Senior Managing Director Templeton Emerging Markets Group We think the potential for ASEAN is tremendous for a number of reasons. The region has a population of more than 620 million, but unlike the economic powerhouses of Japan and China, which have a larger collective population, ASEAN nations have a more youthful demographic.