ASEAN for Italy (2015)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is a regional block, distinct from the political and economic giants of Asia: China, Japan, India. ASEAN member countries have diverse internal structures, cemented by a common goal, embodied in its charter: “To transform ASEAN into a stable, prosperous, and highly competitive region with equitable economic development, and reduced poverty and socio-economic disparities” (…)

Almost 50 years after its foundation in 1967, ASEAN’s path has been marked by impressive results. In particular, the addition of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar – matured at the end of the Cold War – provided growth and stability to the role of the Association. Its economic dynamism – even with contradictions and inequalities – is fast consigning to history poverty and backwardness. A systematic, well-targeted political dialogue is currently developing between Italy and the ten ASEAN members. Trade and investments, as well as official visits, are constantly increasing. For Italy, the richness and diversity of the countries, peoples and resources of ASEAN offer great promise for a very successful cooperation.






Foreword- Prefazione, by-di Enrico Letta



Introduction- Introduzione, by-di Romeo Orlandi



The Italian Foreign Policy with ASEAN/La politica estera

italiana verso l’ASEAN, by/di Paolo Gentiloni



The commitment of the Government for the Italian companies/

L’impegno del Governo per le aziende italiane, by/di Carlo Calenda



The promotion of Made in Italy products in South-Eastm Asia/La promozione
del Made in Italy nel sud-est asiatico
, by/di Riccardo Maria Monti



ASEAN 2015: richness, diversity, opportunities, by Le Luong Minh



ASEAN in Italy: business, people, future, by Abdul Samad Othman



Roots and perspectives for the Association Italy-ASEAN/ Origini e prospettive per l’Associazione Italia-ASEAN, by/di Michelangelo Pipan



ASEAN in the globalized arena/L’ASEAN nella globalizzazione,  by/di Romeo Orlandi



The economic and financial integration in South-East Asia/ L’integrazione economica e finanziaria nel sud-est asiatico by/di Pietro Ginefra



Being fit in the ASEAN countries. An econometric analysis/La fitness nei paesi ASEAN. Un’analisi econometrica, by/di Matthieu Cristelli, Luciano Pietronero, Andrea Tacchella,

Andrea Zaccaria



To invest in ASEAN for an Italian company/Investire nell’ASEAN per un’azienda italiana

CMC, Cooperativa Muratori Cementisti, Laos

Ariston Thermo, Vietnam

SGFE, Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise, Cambodia

Tenaris Dalmine, Indonesia



To invest in Italy for a company from ASEAN

Mahaka Group-F.C. Internazionale, Indonesia, by Erick Thohir

Central Group-la Rinascente, Thailand, by Sean Hill



Italian companies in ASEAN: trade flow and investments/

La presenza delle aziende italiane nell’ASEAN: flussi commerciali

e investimenti, by/di Romeo Orlandi



Appendix 1/Appendice 1



Appendix 2/Appendice 2





Edited by


Romeo Orlandi
, Vice President of the Italy-ASEAN Association, is an economist and sinologist. Professor of Globalization and Far East at the University of Bologna, he also teaches various post-graduate courses. Romeo has directed the think tank Osservatorio Asia since its inception in 2004. He was Trade Commissioner for the Italian Government in Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing (for Greater China). He is an international strategic consultant for governmental institutions and companies, a regular contributor to national and international media, and author of several books on China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and ASEAN.