International Relations

ASEAN’s Approach To AI Governance

  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has announced its AI governance and ethical principles at the 4th ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore.
  • Objective: These guidelines provide a voluntary and business-friendly strategy for controlling AI technologies while promoting economic progress.

About Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

EstablishedAugust 8, 1967
MembersBrunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
ObjectiveTo promote political and economic cooperation and regional stability among member countries.
Key Areas of CooperationEconomic IntegrationPolitical and Security CooperationSocial and Cultural Cooperation
SignificancePromotes economic growth, stability, and peace in the Southeast Asian region. It is also a forum for diplomatic dialogue and conflict resolution.
ASEAN SecretariatJakarta, Indonesia (The ASEAN Secretariat is the organization responsible for coordinating ASEAN activities.)

ASEAN’s AI regulations

  • Flexibility and Specificity: ASEAN regulations are less restrictive than those in the EU, reflecting the region’s diversified digital ecosystem and infrastructure.
  • ASEAN prefers to control AI through voluntary guidelines and rules of conduct rather than implementing harsh laws.

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