Establishment of ASEAN
The Association of South East Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on August 8, 1967, with the signing of the Bangkok Declaration. It is made up of ten member states: Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Proud to be a part of ASEAN’s success
DKSH is proud of our contribution to the development of infrastructure and the promotion of economic development across ASEAN since its foundation five decades ago. With a presence in the ASEAN countries since opening our first trading houses in the 1870s, DKSH has a definite long-term focus in the region.
We provide employment security and stability to local communities in South East Asia by offering our local talent the training, knowledge and opportunities needed to develop themselves in an international environment.
DKSH is a true ASEAN company that is deeply rooted in the region. It all started with two Swiss pioneers, Wilhelm Heinrich Diethelm and Eduard Anton Keller, who opened trading houses in the 1870s in Singapore and Manila respectively. Over the decades, DKSH subsequently strengthened its presence in the ten South East Asian countries and contributed to the development of the region. A region where we still see tremendous growth potential. DKSH is proud of having contributed to the success of ASEAN and wishes the organization all the best for its 50th anniversary.Stefan P. Butz, CEO, DKSH Holding Ltd.
Looking to the future
With this anniversary, we also reflect on the progress made since the Association established the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015, integrating the ten member states into a single economic and free trade area. The business case for the AEC was set out in advance, with tariffs on many products removed and, over the next decade, a gradual reduction of non-trade barriers coming into force.
ASEAN has proven to be a successful alliance over the decades. It has allowed the ten Member States to develop economically and simultaneously to promote each other, the highest economic growth rates in the world are now found in ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
We wish the organization all the best for its 50th anniversary, and look forward to continue contributing to the development of the region for many years to come!