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Angel Gurria: Making the digital age work for ASEAN

The OECD aims to help close internet access gaps and foster vital skills

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Smartphones help commuters pass the time at a train station in Jakarta.   © Reuters

Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions, with vast endowments of natural resources, an increasingly diversified economy, an expanding middle class and growing global influence. With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, the bloc is generating even more opportunities for growth and employment. If the Association of Southeast Asian Nations were a single country, it would already be the world's seventh-largest economy, with a gross domestic product of $2.4 trillion in 2015.

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