Asked where they would currently see the biggest opportunities for profitable investments in ASEAN, Inside Investor readers voted equally for Myanmar and Indonesia as the countries where things are happening.
With slowing growth in China and India, all eyes are now on the emerging Southeast Asian economies which are showing resilience not only towards these two large trading partners, but also towards the EU debt crisis.
The common question arising among all ASEAN member countries is how to become well integrated to be able to enjoy benefits from each other and, at the same time, to avoid harming or exploiting local markets.
Intellectual property laws are still weak throughout Southeast Asia, despite some countries stepping up measures for better protection of trademarks and patents. However, counterfeit goods seem to remain an ever-thriving industry.
The dispute over the South China Sea is no longer limited to regional claimants and could threaten the stability of the entire Southeast Asia region, if diplomatic efforts between China, the Philippines and the US fail.
While Southeast Asia is certainly a strong economic force, some countries in the region are struggling to train and educate their people, not because of a lack of attention to the matter, but because of limited budgets.