Russian Federation


Ana Camila Vásquez León
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

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Harvard World Model of United Nations

Association of South East Asian Nations

Topic A: Trade

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The creation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on August 8, 1967, established the course that the nations of the region must follow for greater integration and development, with the pillars of maintaining peace in the region as well as cooperation in social, cultural and economic áreas.[1] However, more than 50 years after the creation of ASEAN, there are several barriers to international trade that still exist today, tariffs and quotas on imports, voluntary restrictions on exports and bureaucratic procedures among others that prevent the advantages of trade between countries from being even greater.
In 2017 the gross domestic product (GDP) of the economies of ASEAN members recorded a total growth of 5.2%, a considerable increase compared to 4.7% growth in 2016, this GDP expansion was the highest registered in the last five years, nevertheless it could have been greater if the economic integration among ASEAN was not limited exclusively to its members, increasing at the same time its economic relationship with valuable allies such as the Russian Federation, not only for its economic value but for its historical relationship.[2]
Since July 1991 the ASEAN-Russia cooperation has been growing in an uninterrupted way. In Kuala Lumpur, Dec...