Guided by the Asean Economic Community (AEC) blueprint, the ASEAN Exchanges collaboration will jointly promote the development of ASEAN as an asset class, with the intention of increasing liquidity of the member exchanges. This will be achieved through creating ASEAN-centric investment products, implementing targeted promotional initiatives and streamlining access to ASEAN capital markets. It is hard to imagine how vast an opportunity ASEAN truly is for investors.
The region encompasses 10 countries with a combined population of over 600 million people. Together, they have a combined GDP of USD2 trillion. More than 90% of that is accounted for by the six countries of the ASEAN Exchanges collaboration. The opportunity for investors becomes even clearer when we zoom-in on the region's stock markets. Jointly, just the six countries that are part of the ASEAN exchanges collaboration have a stock market capitalisation of USD2 trillion. Collectively, they offer more than 3,000 companies to invest in.