The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement
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The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement

The Regionalisation of Laws and Policy on Foreign Investment

Julien Chaisse and Sufian Jusoh

The International Investment regime is one of the fastest growing areas of international economic law which increasingly rely on large membership investment treaties such as the ASEAN comprehensive Investment Agreement. This book comprehensively examines the role of this specific agreement and situates it in the wider trend towards the regionalisation of laws and policy on foreign investment.
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Chapter 6: ASEAN investment scenario

Julien Chaisse and Sufian Jusoh


In analysing investments, one should refer to investments both in the main sectors such as manufacturing and mining and investments in the commercial areas of trade in services such as financial services, professional services and accounting. This is mainly because FDI data consists of both investments in the main sectors and the commercial areas of trade in services. In addition, discussion should also focus on the typology of investments developed by the World Bank Group, where the World Bank classifies investments into four types: natural resource-seeking investments; market-seeking investments; efficiency-seeking investments and strategic asset-seeking investments. Natural resource-seeking investments consist of investments such as mining, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and forestry. Market-seeking investments consist of investments seeking access to the market of the host country, such as in retail and wholesale, financial services (banking and insurance) and certain types of manufacturing such as food and beverages intending for distribution and sale in the local market.

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