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ASEAN to promote cross-border e-commerce with new framework

Digital economy a key theme for the region, but challenges remain

Ride-sharing apps Grab and Go-Jek are some of the local businesses that have had to seek technical talent outside Southeast Asia. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

SINGAPORE -- Countries in Southeast Asia will jointly promote the digital economy including the creation of a new cross-border e-commerce framework, ASEAN economic ministers agreed Friday at a meeting in Singapore. The move is designed to allow the region's businesses to better capture growth opportunities.

Economic ministers from 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held a two-day meeting in Singapore, this year's chair of the grouping, where they discussed priority areas for 2018.

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