Welcome to the official ASEAN 2018 page! Singapore is honoured to take over the ASEAN Chairmanship from Philippines (ASEAN 2017) in the New Year. Like our Facebook page to stay updated with the latest happenings, and watch this video for the inspiration behind the logo for #ASEAN2018!
PR Tan Hung Seng attended the fifth meeting of the ASEAN-ROK Joint Cooperation Committee at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 20 April. The meeting was co-chaired by Norng Sakal, Permanent Representative of Cambodia to ASEAN as Country Coordinator of ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations, and Kim Young-chae, Ambassador of the ROK to ASEAN. At the meeting, both sides reviewed the implementation of the Plan of Action 2016-2020 and discussed the follow-up to the decisions of the ASEAN-ROK Summit which was held in November last year. Further, they exchanged views on recent developments in their respective regions, including developments on the Korean Peninsula. ASEAN Member States welcomed the New Southern Policy initiated by President Moon Jae-in in which the ROK will seek to substantially enhance cooperation with ASEAN to further deepen and broaden the ASEAN-ROK Strategic Partnership. Read more here. (Photo credit : ASEAN Secretariat)
Senior officials and representatives from ASEAN Member States involved in infrastructure and connectivity matters participated in the Inception Workshop on Establishing the Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline of Potential ASEAN Infrastructure Projects which was held on 18 and 19 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. In his remarks, the Chair of the ACCC and Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN Ambassador Tan Hung Seng made three key points regarding the issue. First, ASEAN governments need to increase the visibility of infrastructure projects and improve their bankability, as well as enhance the quality and quantity of data available on the projects in order to secure the buy-in of the private sector and multinational development banks to invest in ASEAN infrastructure projects. Second, infrastructure development is important as a key enabler of economic growth. Third, ASEAN has to strengthen regional cooperation to achieve sustainable infrastructure development. Ambassador Tan also underlined that the establishment of an Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline of Potential ASEAN Infrastructure Projects was an ASEAN initiative and that the project’s success depended on ASEAN’s efforts as well as support from ASEAN’s external partners. Read more here. (Photo credit : ASEAN Secretariat)
Learn more about the key meetings Singapore is hosting as ASEAN 2018 Chair this year! Read more about it here.
PM Lee recently wrote an op-ed on the trade frictions between US and China.
“Should a trade war erupt between the two largest economies in the world (not counting the EU), it would do great harm not only to Singapore but the rest of the world, which has long benefitted from a rules-based multilateral trading system. Aside from economic repercussions, fractured bilateral relations would prevent the US and China from cooperating on resolving critical issues such as the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, regional security, and climate change. Ultimately, what is at stake is war and peace, the security and stability of the world. The US, China and the rest of the world have too much at stake.” Read PM Lee Hsien Loong’s full op-ed in Washington Post, April 18, here.
Photo: Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN Tan Hung Seng depositing Singapore’s Instrument of Ratification to the AFAVE with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi on 13 April 2018.
Singapore Ratifies the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption
1. Singapore has ratified the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption (AFAVE). The Instrument of Ratification was deposited with the ASEAN Secretary-General by Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, on 13 April 2018. The ratification of the AFAVE reaffirms Singapore’s commitment to facilitate secure and seamless travel for citizens of ASEAN Member States within the region.
2. The AFAVE provides the framework for ASEAN Member States to negotiate and conclude separate bilateral protocols, to exempt citizens of other ASEAN Member States from visa requirement for a period of stay of up to 14 days. This visa exemption will apply to citizens from ASEAN Member States holding a valid national passport, and travelling for the purpose of visitation only.
3. Singapore’s ratification of the AFAVE will not impact on Singaporeans travelling within the ASEAN region, as Singaporeans can already visit other ASEAN countries without a visa for up to 30 days. More information on visa requirements can be found on MFA’s website.
Are you a scientist from ASEAN who wants a breakthrough in your career? The ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship 2018/2019 is now calling for applications! Co-organised by ASEAN Foundation and USAID, the ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship 2018 aims to foster and institutionalise a culture of scientific-based policymaking throughout ASEAN region. It offers unique career advancement opportunity for early and mid-career scientists who are ASEAN citizen to be placed for a year in government line ministries within their home countries, where they can contribute to policy formulation. Click here for more info!
Calling youths of ASEAN! Grab the opportunity to join ASEAN Plus Three Youth Environment Forum (AYEF) 2018 and be the key to environmentally sustainable cities! Expand your network across ASEAN while learning how to play an important part in shaping ASEAN regional cooperation in the years ahead. Click here for more info. Don’t miss the deadline of April 27!
Senior Officials from ASEAN and New Zealand, meeting at the 25th ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue in Jakarta on 11 April 2018, reaffirmed their strong ties and agreed to explore opportunities to further strengthen the strategic partnership. The dialogue was co-chaired by Jose Tavares, Director-General for ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia and Ben King, Deputy Secretary, Asia and America Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand. It was attended by senior representatives from ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat. The officials noted the good progress made in the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Statement for ASEAN-New Zealand Strategic Partnership (2016-2020) which is now halfway through its implementation. Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern. Click here for ASEC’s press release.
ASEAN and Canada reaffirmed commitment to strengthen their partnership for mutual benefit, building on the momentum of the 40th Anniversary of their dialogue relations in 2017. Co-chaired by Ambassador Buensuceso and Ambassador Hannan, the ASEAN–Canada JCC meeting was attended by the Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States and representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat and the Canadian Mission to ASEAN. Both sides noted that ASEAN-Canada partnership has expanded to cover a wide spectrum of areas under political-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation and renewed cooperation has also been undertaken through the framework of the Plan of Action (POA) to implement the ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership (2016-2020). Click here to read the full press statement by ASEC.
ASEAN and China reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen cooperation at the 19th ASEAN-China Joint Cooperation Committee (ACJCC) meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat on Thursday 12 April 2018. The meeting was co-chaired by Singapore Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to ASEAN, Huang Xilian. It was attended by the Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States and representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat. The meeting noted the significant progress achieved by ASEAN and China over the past year, including the implementation of activities and projects under the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity for 2016-2020. 2018 is also a significant year which marks the 15th Anniversary of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership. The meeting welcomed the series of commemorative activities, particularly the preparation for the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision Statement 2030, which will chart the future direction of the strategic partnership. This statement is expected to be issued by the Leaders at the 21st ASEAN-China Summit held in November 2018 in Singapore. Click here for ASEC’s press release.
ASEAN and the UN reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen their partnership at the interface between the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) and UN Senior Officials held on 10 April 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat. The meeting was co-chaired by Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN and Chair of the CPR, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Jenča. The interface noted the areas of cooperation across the three ASEAN Community pillars and underscored the need to step up cooperation to address transnational security challenges, enhance prevention of violent extremism, women empowerment, achieve sustainable development goals, and integrate the regional and global community in an increasingly digital world so that no one is left behind. Read more here
Singapore Permanent Representative to ASEAN, PR Tan Hung Seng, delivered opening remarks at the “Seminar to Commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership”, which was held on Monday, 9 April 2018. The seminar was organised by the PRC Mission to ASEAN, the University of Indonesia, and the China Foreign Affairs University to promote closer understanding and cooperation between ASEAN and China. Click here for the opening speech.
The Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of ASEAN, convened a joint meeting in Singapore on 6 April 2018 for the 4th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting (AFMGM). The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Heng Swee Keat, the Minister for Finance of Singapore, and Mr. Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The meeting discussed various economic issues in ASEAN including (i) Sustaining ASEAN’s economic growth, (ii) Securing financial stability and resilience, and (iii) Fostering an inclusive and innovative ASEAN. Read the full joint statement here. (Photo credit: ASEAN Secretariat)
Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand today visited the ASEAN Secretariat and met with Secretary-General (SG) of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi. Her Royal Highness was in Jakarta as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for the Rule of Law in Southeast Asia, a role she assumed since February 2017. Her Royal Highness was welcomed at ASEAN Secretariat by SG Dato Lim, the Deputy Secretaries-General of ASEAN, the Thai Ambassadors to Indonesia and ASEAN, as well as the Amb Tan Hung Seng (Chair) and Members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN. Read more here.
The 16th Meeting of the ASEAN Commission on The Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) was held from 26th-28th March 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Meeting discussed the follow-up from the 15th Meeting in Phuket, Thailand, and reviewed the status of implementation of projects of the ACWC Work Plan 2016-2020. The Meeting also conducted an interface with the Chair of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on areas of mutual interests and collaboration. Look forward to the 17th ACWC Meeting and the 5th ACWC-ACW Consultation Meeting that will be held back-to-back with the 3rd AMMW and Related Meetings in September 2018 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. Read more here.
Senior officials from relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies gathered in Jakarta for the ASEAN Senior Officials Multi-Sectoral Workshop on the Implementation of the One ASEAN One Response Declaration and Review of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) from March 27 to 28. The event aims to further strategise the implementation of the One ASEAN One Response, provide clarity to the provisions of the AADMER to which the Declaration is anchored and improve cross sectoral coordination to support the Secretary-General of ASEAN as the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator. “The ASEAN Declaration on One ASEAN, One Response: ASEAN Responding to Disasters as One in the Region and Outside the Region is the political commitment to harness the individual and collective strengths of different sectors and stakeholders in ASEAN to effectively respond to disasters,” – Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato’ Lim Jock Hoi. Read more here.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan was invited to speak at the Nanyang Technological University Ministerial Forum on 27 March 2018. He touched on key issues in Singapore’s foreign policy – (i) globalisation, (ii) ASEAN, (iii) connectivity and (iv) the Digital Revolution. He also shared the “Singapore ideal” and how foreign policy “begins at home”. “For the sake of an ideal, of equality, of a fair and just society, we ended up as a ‘little red dot’ with no hinterland. But because we ended up in that very difficult situation, we fortunately embarked on globalisation, early, and we got a head start. Now, there is a new revolution, we need to get ahead again. We cannot just repeat the formula of the last 52 years. We need to take a realistic assessment of what is going on in the world. Both geopolitically, we need to reaffirm the importance of free trade, the exchange of ideas and information, and we need to master the technologies of tomorrow. And if we do that, our ‘little red dot’ continues to be a shining ‘red dot’.” – Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Read the full transcript here.
Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo took office on 26 March 2018 as the new Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) from 2018 to 2021. Guided by the ASEAN Charter, DSG Rillo will support the Secretary-General of ASEAN by providing leadership in the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025 and will lead the AEC Department of the ASEAN Secretariat. DSG Rillo is from the Philippines and he succeeded DSG Lim Hong Hin from Brunei Darussalam. Prior to assuming the position, DSG Rillo worked as a Senior Economist at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, Japan. This is the second time that DSG Rillo will work at ASEAN Secretariat. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Rillo served at the ASEAN Secretariat as Head of Finance Integration Division (2008-2010) and Director and Chief Economist, ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office (2010-2013). Read more here.
FM Vivian Balakrishnan hosted Dinner for the 2018 Trilateral Commission Singapore Plenary Session on 23 March 2018 at Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel. He spoke about the importance of technological mastery in times of disruptive change. He also shared the Singapore Government’s philosophy and approaches in dealing with these challenges and ended his speech with the story of ASEAN. “So today, ASEAN is a region with tremendous potential. We are a prime investment destination, and if we just keep our wits about us, we are set to become the fourth largest single market in the world by 2030. We have compound annual growth rates of 5% over the last decade, and we can increase that. We have 630 million people, of which 60% of whom are below the age of 35. We are young; we have not yet harvested our demographic dividend. And that’s why we project that we can be the fourth largest economic zone with a combined GDP of US$10 trillion by 2050.” – FM Vivian Balakrishnan. Read more here.
The 16th Meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Joint Cooperation Committee (ARJCC) was held at the ASEAN Secretariat on Friday 23 March. The ARJCC discussed the implementation of the Sochi Declaration and Comprehensive Plan of Action to Promote Cooperation (CPA) 2016-2020. Both sides also reviewed initiatives to further promote and strengthen ASEAN-Russia cooperation.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was interviewed by Genevieve Woo for Channel NewsAsia’s INSIGHT programme this morning. Catch what Minister had to say about Singapore’s priorities as ASEAN chair this year, and his vision of a united, prosperous and dynamic ASEAN, on 5 April 2018! Read more here
The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council Ministers and Heads of
Delegation from the ten ASEAN Member States have gathered for the 19th ASEAN
Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council on 21 March 2018 in Singapore. The council has agreed to support Singapore’s priority areas for the ASCC pillar which includes youth initiatives to strengthen youth development, strengthening ASEAN’s commitment to addressing climate change, affirming the importance of digital literacy and cyber wellness, developing a more socially responsible media in ASEAN as well as the ASEAN Smart Cities Network. Read the full joint statement here.
The ASEAN Foundation and enterprise software company SAP SE received the gold award for the Best Public Relations (PR) Campaign in Public Services category at the Marketing Magazine’s PR Awards 2018 Gala Dinner held in Singapore on March 16. First launched and announced in 2017, the ASEAN Foundation and SAP are now into their second year of strategic collaboration under a Memorandum of Understanding to roll out initiatives based on two strategic pillars, namely education and entrepreneurship. The initiatives are aimed at equipping ASEAN youths with the skills they need to tackle society’s problems and thrive in the digital economy. They also build the capacity of innovative social enterprises that put young people on the path to more successful careers and build a more effectively skilled workforce for the IT sector through training and workforce development programmes. Read more here.
PR Tan Hung Seng attended the 2nd ASEAN-Germany Development Partnership Committee (AG-DPC) Meeting on 20 March 2018. Reaffirming their strong commitment to further strengthen ASEAN and Germany partnership, both sides adopted a framework for future cooperation entitled Practical Cooperation Areas (PCA) for ASEAN-Germany Development Partnership. The document will serve as a basis for both sides to pursue cooperation in areas such as political security, economic, socio-cultural, connectivity, narrowing development gap and sustainable development. Read more here.
PR Tan Hung Seng attended the CPR Interface with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex Wong at ASEAN Secretariat on 19 March 2018. The meeting discussed ASEAN’s relevance and centrality in Indo-Pacific Affairs.
Be sure to catch the March edition of “ASEAN Today” here! “ASEAN Today” is a joint production of the ASEAN Secretariat and The Indonesia Channel, supported by AirAsia. The monthly program reports on the top stories affecting the 10-member region, along with regular features on travel, personalities and business. Follow “ASEAN Today” on its Youtube channel here or through ASEAN broadcasters such as The Indonesia Channel and Vietnam’s VOV-TV. Check local listings for broadcast times.
The Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia, met in Sydney, Australia, on 18 March 2018 for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit and signed a joint statement “The Sydney Declaration”. Read the full statement here.
As part of PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Official Visit to Sydney, Australia, he gave the opening remarks at the SME Conference at The ASEAN-Australia Business Summit on 16 March 2018. In his opening remarks, PM Lee touched on key issues of (i) Shared Strategic Interests, Complementary Economies; (ii) ASEAN SME Development; (iii) ASEAN’s Market Potential; (iv) Digital Economy; and (v) ASEAN-Australia Digital Standards Cooperation Initiative. Read the full speech here.
PM Lee Hsien Loong gave opening remarks at the Singapore-Australia Leaders’ Summit Joint Press Conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 16 March 2018. PM Lee emphasised the strong bilateral relations between Singapore and Australia in trade, science and innovation, and the “shared desire to deepen ties between Australia and Southeast Asia”. Read the full speech here.
The first ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) Meeting for the year was held on Thursday, 15 March 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta. It was chaired by Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, in his capacity as ACCC Chair for 2018. The ACCC is the ASEAN body coordinating the overall implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, to create
seamlessly and comprehensively connected and integrated ASEAN that will promote competitiveness, inclusiveness, and a greater sense of Community. The ACCC Meeting reviewed the status of MPAC 2025 initiatives and projects, as well as the medium term deliverables for 2018-2020. The Meeting also exchanged views on further strengthening cross-pillar coordination, monitoring and implementation of the MPAC 2025, and the preparations for the 9th ASEAN Connectivity Symposium in Singapore. (Photo credit: ASEAN Secretariat)
The inaugural meeting of the Lead Implementing Body for Sustainable Infrastructure (LIB-SI) to coordinate the development and implementation of sustainable infrastructure-related initiatives under the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 was held on Wednesday,14 March 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta. The Meeting was chaired by Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities (Singapore), Mr Khoo Teng Chye. The LIB-SI Meeting: (a) exchanged views on the projects currently identified under the MAPC 2025 Strategic Area of Sustainable Infrastructure; (b) the possibility of developing a work plan for sustainable infrastructure; and (c) potential challenges in implementing the initiatives. The LIB-SI representatives also had an Interface with the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC), the ASEAN body coordinating the overall implementation of MPAC 2025, where they discussed means to enhance coordination between the two bodies and accelerate implementation of sustainable infrastructure initiatives. Seen here are Mr Khoo Teng Chye, ASEAN Secretary-General H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi and Ambassador Tan Hung Seng (Left to Right) after the LIB-SI Meeting at ASEAN Secretariat. Read more here.
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Sustainable physical infrastructure from cities to villages to connect people and countries for generations to come. Click on the image above to watch the video. Click on the image above to watch the video
Seamless logistics creates a smooth passage for goods and connects businesses and countries in ASEAN. Seamless logistics creates a smooth passage for goods and connects businesses and countries in ASEAN. Click on the image above to watch the video.
#PeopleMobility does not only encourage the peoples of #ASEAN to explore the Member States through tourism but also through enabling the mobility of skilled workers and university students. Click on the image above to watch the video
"The strategic locations of Singapore and Bangladesh facilitate the flow of people, goods and investment between our two regions. Bangladesh is located in the heart of South Asia, well positioned to interact with ASEAN and its neighbours. The Bay of Bengal links Bangladesh to Southeast Asia, India, and Sri Lanka. Singapore is a maritime nation situated between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, we should do more together.” - PM Lee Hsien Loong in his Toast Speech at Official lunch hosted in honour of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Read the full transcript here.
The ASEAN Chairmanship Wall in the ASEAN Gallery highlights works of art from the ASEAN Chair. This year, two paintings by renowned Singaporean watercolor artist Ong Kim Seng have been selected to be displayed on the ASEAN Chairmanship Wall to represent Singapore as the Chair of ASEAN in 2018. The stunning watercolor on paper pieces are titled “Singapore Riverview” (1983) and “Siman Tiga” (2002). Be sure to drop by the ASEAN Gallery at ASEAN Secretariat to admire this display and other works of art by other artists from Southeast Asia. Read more here. (Photo credit: ASEAN Secretariat)
The Ministers from the 16 RCEP Participating Countries (RPCs) attended the 4th RCEP Intersessional Ministerial Meeting held on 3 March 2018 in Singapore. The Ministers noted the progress made since the Preparatory RCEP Ministerial Meeting for the 1st RCEP Summit on 12 November 2017, Manila, Philippines, including the outcomes of the 21st round of negotiations held on 2-9 February 2018 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and the corresponding intersessional meetings of select working groups and sub-working groups. Read the full statement here.
The ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) and the European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner met on 2 March 2018 in Singapore for the Sixteenth AEM-EU Trade Commissioner Consultations. The Consultations were co-chaired by H.E. Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) of the Republic of Singapore, and H.E. Cecilia Malmström, EU Trade Commissioner. The AEM-EU Trade Commissioner Consultations followed up on the progress of implementation of the ASEAN-EU Trade and Investment Work Programme for 2017-2018, development of a framework for future ASEAN-EU FTA and welcomed the convening of the 6th ASEAN-EU Business Summit on 2 March 2018. Read the full statement here.
Economic ministers of ASEAN member states pose for a group photograph at the 24th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat in Singapore on 1 March 2018. Singapore seeks to expand regional connectivity among the 10-member group and promote innovation and e-commerce.
Ambassador Tan Hung Seng chaired the 1/2018 East Asia Summit (EAS) Ambassadors’ Meeting in Jakarta (EAMJ) at the ASEAN Secretariat on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. The EAMJ was established in 2017 and comprise ambassadors from ASEAN Member States and Representative Missions to ASEAN from Dialogue Partner Countries of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, ROK, Russia and USA. As a regular forum, the EAMJ followed up on implementation of the decisions made by the Leaders from the EAS during the 12th EAS held on 21 November 2017 in Manila, the Philippines. The EAMJ continued its work and discussions to address strategic issues that affect our region.
Ambassador Tan Hung Seng chaired the 11th ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR) Governing Council (GC) Meeting on Monday 26 February 2018. The Governing Council met to map out the plans and operations of the newly established ASEAN-IPR Secretariat. The ASEAN-IPR Secretariat also held an office-warming lunch on the same day at its new office at Jl. Sisingamangaraja No. 73, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12120. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs AM Fachir and Secretary General Mayerfas also graced the event with their presence during the opening of the new office.
Be sure to catch the five-part travelogue series "Tapestry-Heart of ASEAN" about extraordinary achievements by ordinary ASEAN citizens, every Tuesday at 11pm (SGT) on Channel News Asia!
27 Feb - Shaping a Better Future
6 Mar - Amazing Nature
13 Mar - Textile Art
20 Mar - Eco-Tourism, Embracing Diversity
27 Mar - Rural Empowerment, Urban Agriculture
A Moroccan delegation led by its Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mounia Boucetta visited the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. At ASEC, the Moroccan delegation held separate meetings with ASEAN Secretary General Dato Lim Jock Hoi, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) to discuss Morocco’s candidacy to be a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN. Following the meeting with the CPR, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN and the Chair of the CPR presented a token of appreciation to Secretary of State Boucetta. (Photo credit : ASEAN Secretariat)
Foreign Ministers of the 10 ASEAN Member States pose for a group photo at the beginning of this year’s retreat
“It’s not going to be an easy road ahead… There will always be surprises… the unknown unknowns that will arise. But one key index of resilience is how we deal with crisis, how we deal with problems; that we continue to maintain close, candid conversations, and the ability to look out for each other, to face our common challenges.” - Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in his opening address.
Commentary: ASEAN is at an inflection point. Ahead of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan highlights four key challenges facing ASEAN. Read more at Channel NewsAsia Here
ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ RETREAT 4 TO 6 FEBRUARY 2018, SINGAPORE
Singapore hosted the annual ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat at the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach from 4 to 6 February 2018, as part of its Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018. Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will chair the Retreat.
The ASEAN 2018 Foreign Ministers’ Retreat is set to take place from 4-6 February. Ever wondered now the concept first came about? Find out more Here
Her Excellency Retno Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, Chair of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) Governing Council, witnessed the signing of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the AIPR on the Hosting and Granting Privileges and Immunities to the AIPR on Thursday, 1 February 2018 at Pancasila Building, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
The 25th ASEAN EU Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting was held on 30 January 2018. Read the press release of the meeting Here
Did you know? ASEAN is Singapore’s largest trading partner, and accounted for 27% of total trade with the world in 2016. Click Here to find out more.
Click here for the op-ed by PM Lee Hsien Loong on the occasion of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, 25 Jan 2018
Click here for the transcript of PM Lee Hsien Loong's opening remarks for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit Plenary Session on 25 Jan 2018.
Click here for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech at the launch of Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN 2018, at the “Experience ASEAN” carnival at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on 12 January 2018.
Experience ASEAN this weekend with a festival celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of ASEAN! The festival with run Friday, 12 January 2018 through Sunday, 14 January 2018. Read more Here
Click here for the transcripts of the speeches by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at the ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 7 January 2018. Read more Here
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan delivered the keynote address at the ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Opening Plenary on 7 January 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands. Read the transcript for the keynote address Here
Experience the region's cultures from 12 to 14 January 2018, through a series of activities at Singapore’s Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park’s Ficus Green! Admission is free. Register Here
Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, Singapore Permanent Representative to ASEAN, and the Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, presented a cutting of the orchid to ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi on 5 January 2018. The orchid hybrid, named Papilionanda ASEAN Golden Jubilee, was unveiled in Singapore in 2017 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN. It is a resilient and free flowering Vandaceous orchid hybrid that symbolises the prosperity and unity of ASEAN.
Since its formation 51 year ago, ASEAN has become a key player on the international stage. Click Here to watch the video on interesting facts about ASEAN economy
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