Singapore is one of the five original members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Singapore has been an advocate of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the ASEAN Investment Area. At the 2002 ASEAN Summit held in Phnom Penh, Singapore proposed the formation of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which was accepted by ASEAN leaders at the 2003 Summit in Bali, Indonesia. The AEC is one of the three pillars that make up the ASEAN Community. The other two pillars are the ASEAN Political & Security Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.
Singapore has also been a large contributor to the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI), a framework aimed at allowing ASEAN countries to contribute towards narrowing the developmental gap between the members of ASEAN. Singapore’s contribution accounts for 71.9% and 37% of funding available for the 1st and 2nd IAI Work Plans.
Singapore has chaired ASEAN in 1992 and 2007. Human rights-related achievements or statements of intent under Singapore’s ASEAN Chairmanship include: