Economic Integration

The United States is the largest investor in Southeast Asia. American companies have invested more than Chinese, Japanese, and Korean companies combined. U.S. companies create millions of jobs in Southeast Asia and in the United States. They bring technology, train local workers, and make long term commitments to local communities.

The U.S. supports the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) through several programs, which help ASEAN reach its own vision for a single market and production base with free movement of goods, services, capital and skilled labor.  Activities also support a deepened and strengthened the ASEAN­U.S. economic relationship.

The ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) (PDF 88kb) initiative is a five ­year project (2013-2018) of USAID and the Department of State to increase U.S. economic engagement and cooperation with ASEAN countries. ACTI supports accelerated implementation of select components of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN-­U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement.

ACTI encourages ASEAN to adopt free, transparent, sustainable and inclusive trade practices as it moves toward economic integration. Read more about ACTI’s work in the following areas:

ASEAN Single Window (PDF 102KB)

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (PDF 98KB)

Trade and Investment Facilitation (PDF 97KB)

Information and Communication Technology (PDF 92KB)