The Facilitators - How LKY and Anand brought AFTA to life

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January 21, 2014

SENIOR Minister Lee urged me to pick up the ball and run with it,” says Anand Panyarachun, twice Prime Minister of Thailand, as he recalls a meeting with Lee Kuan Yew that ultimately led to formation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area. Leaders of the time also had a hidden political agenda – to forge a closer political entity within the region . . .