Economists have tried to assess the extent to which free trade zones can be considered public goods. First, they deal with a key element of free trade zones, the system of on-board tribunals, which act as arbiters in international trade disputes. This system, as a force for clarifying existing statutes and international economic policies, as confirmed in trade agreements.  On 15 December 2008, Member States met in Jakarta to launch a charter signed in November 2007 to move closer to a “European Community”.  The Charter made ASEAN a legal entity and aimed to create a single free trade area for the region of 500 million people. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said: “This is an important development if ASEAN consolidates, integrates and transforms into a community. It is being achieved at a time when ASEAN is seeking to play a greater role in Asian and global affairs at a time when the international system is undergoing seismic change. On climate change and economic upheaval, he concluded: “Southeast Asia is no longer the bitterly divided and war-torn region it was in the 1960s and 1970s.” In order to mitigate losses resulting from the early stages of trade, the Indian government must be able to effectively redistribute some of the wealth to industries that are suffering from increased competition with ASEAN markets.  In this way, india`s Welfare Gains Package would increase and India would ultimately benefit from trade with ASEAN. Although the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement has many advantages, India is concerned that the agreement will have several negative effects on the economy. As has already been said, both regions are trying to reduce their tariffs on a large portion of their traded products. This will allow them to increase market access for their products. However, it is criticized that India is not experiencing as large an increase in market access to ASEAN countries as ASEAN in India.
 ASEAN`s economies are largely export-oriented and have high export rates to GDP (in 2007, Malaysia had a rate above 100%).  Given the above, as well as the global financial crisis and India`s expansionary domestic market, ASEAN countries are eager to consider India as the country of origin for its exports.  As integration trade will be liberalised in 2015, ASEAN banks will need to expand their services to an intra-ASEAN market. However, experts have already predicted a fragile economic transition, particularly for small players in the banking and financial services sectors. Two separate reports from Standard and Poor`s (S-P) present the challenges ASEAN`s financial institutions face in preparing for banking integration in 2020. [c] Reports indicate that the philippines is the most likely to be under pressure from the overburdened banking sector, as integration welcomes closer competition with larger and more established foreign banks.  Therefore, it is necessary to ensure regional expansion of countries with a small banking sector in order to reduce the impact of the post-integration environment. In a follow-up report, S-P recently cited the Philippines, which “built its network bases and built capital before banking integration – play defense and strengthen their domestic networks.”  First, tariffs and other rules applicable to trade with non-parties to this free trade area in each of the parties that signed a free trade area in force at the time of the creation of this free trade area must not be higher or more restrictive than tariffs and other rules applicable in the same signatory countries prior to the creation of the free trade area. In other words, the creation of a free trade area to give preferential treatment to their members is legitimate under WTO law, but parties to a free trade area are not allowed to treat non-parties less favourably than before the creation of the land