Is Asean economic integration possible?
24 April 2013 Last updated at 02:48 BST
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are meeting in Brunei from today.
While territorial disputes will be high on the agenda, so too will be their ambitious goal of economic integration in just two years time.
The question is whether the very different countries that make up the Asean group, can ever agree on all the policies necessary.
To discuss the issues Rico Hizon spoke to the lead researcher for economic affairs at the Asean Studies Centre, Sanchita Basu Das.