Agriculture in ASEAN: Trade and Investment Guidebook

Agriculture is a vital sector for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Aside from being a key engine of growth in the members of the Association, the sector also plays critical role in providing livelihoods to a large segment of its nearly 600 million populations. To date, the sector contributes about 25 percent of total ASEAN’s GDP, and about 25 percent of total employment in the region. Agricultural sector has also been playing key role in promoting intra- and extra-regional trade. Total ASEAN’s exports in agricultural products, for example, rose from USD 29 billion in 2004 to USD 99.8 billion a decade later. Of these, intra-ASEAN exports accounted for about USD 6.4 billion and USD 24.7 billion in 2014, an increase of USD 18.3 billion (or 287.7 percent), whilst extra-regional exports rose from USD 22.6 billion in 2004 to USD 75.1 billion in 2014, an increase of USD 52.5 billion (or 232.4 percent).

Despite being one of the most productive agricultural baskets in the world, ASEAN’s agricultural sector has yet reached its full potential. Potential investors, whom may leverage against the region’s balanced climate, fertile lands, and a mix of lowlands and uplands, forests, rivers, and coastlines, are likely to find opportunities in crop and livestock production, as well as in the management of food supply chain, agriculture infrastructure and safety, and agribusiness.

This publication of the “Agriculture in ASEAN: Trade and Investment Guidebook” is part of the larger project that aims to familiarise business actors from within and beyond ASEAN about business opportunities and challenges deriving from the full implementation of the AEC. Specific to this Guidebook, this publication is specifically intended to encourage greater trade and investment to be made in the region’s agricultural sector by businesses from both within and beyond ASEAN, especially those from Europe. Aside from the official websites of ASEAN Member States’ relevant agencies, information presented in this Guidebook is also based on available information from credible sources from international organisations (e.g. World Trade Organisation, International Trade Centre, the World Bank, and so on) and private sector bodies or organisations. Whilst it is the intention of the authors to present the information in the Guidebook as uniformed as possible, available information from some countries may differ from those available in others. Notwithstanding such challenges, the authors acknowledge the increasing transparency across ASEAN that made the completion of this project possible.

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04 October 2017

Agriculture in ASEAN: Trade and Investment Guidebook

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