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Jakarta Post

ASEAN Charter: One year and going strong

  • S. Pushpanathan

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 22 2009   /  09:05 am

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations  (ASEAN) leaders signed the ASEAN in November 2007 in Singapore and came into effect on Dec. 15, 2008 with high expectations that it will see the transformation of ASEAN from a loosely formed association to a rules-based and integrated Community by 2015.  ASEAN has indeed been on track in implementing its commitments under the ASEAN Charter and the Roadmap towards the ASEAN Community 2015 comprising the Blueprints of the ASEAN Political and Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and the Second Work Plan of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration. Since the coming into force of the Charter, ASEAN has implemented several provisions of the important document in terms of institutional arrangements.  These include the convening of the ASEAN Summits twice a year with one meeting of the leaders focusing...