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ASEAN Harmonization in the Food Sector

ASEAN and the agro-food industry38% of ASEAN’s 620 million population, or 235 million, is involved in the agriculture and food sector. This is the largest employment sector for ASEAN. As the majority of ASEAN countries rely heavily on the sector for growth, trade, investment and employment, free flow of agriculture and food products within ASEAN becomes a necessity. There is enormous potential for intra-ASEAN trade  if ASEAN is able to achieve harmonization of standards and is able to eliminate the most significant technical barriers in the sector. Read more