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Can ASEAN rise to the next level?

  • Dina Kurniasari
    Dina Kurniasari

    Deputy director for investment, SMEs, competitiveness and issues in the ASEAN Directorate of ASEAN Negotiation

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 17, 2017   /  01:47 pm
Can ASEAN rise to the next level? Prepare yourself: Students form 'MEA', the Indonesian translation of AEC (ASEAN Economic Community), on the courtyard of Polytechnic University of Surabaya, on Dec. 18, 2015. (Antara/File)

ASEAN will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year as a momentous milestone for the region after five decades of success and achievements. This remarkable year will be led by the Philippines as the new ASEAN chair country. Proclaiming this year’s theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to promote ASEAN, home to more than 640 million people at different stages of economic development, as the ideal model of regionalism and as a global player with the interests of its people at its core. During the handover of ASEAN chairmanship from Lao at the ASEAN Summit last Sept. 8, the President promised to steer and guide the association to pursue initiatives and enhance cooperation with global partners, while retaining ASEAN’s centrality, unity and solidarity. The 50th anniversary can become the starting point...

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