August 8th this year marks the 47th anniversary of the
establishment of the Association of the South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN). The Bangkok Declaration is considered to be the beginning of
this establishment of what is now ASEAN of 10 member states. For more
than four decades, ASEAN has helped to move the region from conflict and
competition to closer cooperation.As Dr Noeleen Heyzer,
a former Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP puts it “ The ASEAN of today has taken
the foundation and built a new collective vision for 2030-to become Resilient,
Inclusive, Competitive and Harmonies- a “ Rich” ASEAN for a more integrated and
prosperous region. The first major landmark on this journey will be the establishment,
by 2015, of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)”.
ASEAN will not be made all at once.
It will build through concrete achievements which first create ASEAN
solidarity. The coming together of the nations of ASEAN will require all
ASEAN member states to achieve a basic level of socio-economic and political standards. The solidarity in ASEAN thus established will make it
plain that concerted initiatives are needed to deal with gaps of inequality between the ASEAN older and newer members. The ASEAN approach rested on
three community pillars of the ASEAN Community namely, the ASEAN
Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the
ASEAN Political and Security Community (APSC). These pillars have not
co-existed without challenges. To discuss further on the challenges and
way forward to address these challenges, ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) in conjunction with ASEAN
Day, will organize a forum that provides a unique opportunity for
several ASEAN member states to reflect on their shared history and
their envisioned future for ASEAN.
Among the diplomatic corps joining the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Dato' Hamzah Zainudin, will be HE Mr Ong Keng Yong (Singapore), HE Mr. J.Eduardo Malaya (Philippines) and HE Mr. Herman Prayitno (Indonesia). Furthermore, HE Dr Miyagawa (Japan) will elaborate on ASEAN -Japan relations.
Provisional agenda is available upon request. To register, please contact Siti Nurhafizah at email@example.com