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ASEAN in the next five years: Moving into 2015 and beyond

  • Le Luong Minh

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 9 2013   /  01:49 pm

As many Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) citizens celebrate the Lunar New Year this week, I would like to take this opportunity to express my well wishes to all. I would also like to reflect on new beginnings and look toward the future.

As I am into my first month, many are asking me: How I do see myself in the role of ASEAN Secretary-General, and what do I see for ASEAN in the five years horizon.

To the first question of how I see my role as Secretary-General of ASEAN, I am guided by the mandate of the ASEAN Charter and the ASEAN leaders. As one entrusted by the Charter with the demanding task of seeing through the implementation of ASEAN agreements and decisions, as well as reporting on ASEAN’s work in the next five years, I should be able to provide a frank and learned analysis to our ASEAN leaders to assist them in sustaining their vision and aspiration...