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Making the AEC work will take better banking for all

From left, Munir Majid, Chartsiri Sophonpanich and Truong Gia Binh (Photo by Yuichiro Takagi)

BANGKOK Ten months since the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community, businesses within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are growing increasingly frustrated over the slow pace of trade and investment liberalization.

Improvements in financial access, especially for the bloc's unbanked population and small and midsize enterprises, will make or break the success of the AEC, according to regional leaders in finance and tech.

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