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ASEAN Encourages Social Entrepreneurship in the Region

on Thursday, 30 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

SINGAPORE, 30 October 2014 - Singapore hosted an ASEAN Forum on Social Entrepreneurship today where over 80 policy makers and representatives of non-profit organisations from ASEAN Member States discussed the role of social entrepreneurship and shared good practices and views on developing social enterprises.

ASEAN, Japan to Focus on the Implementation of Their Vision Statement

on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 28 October 2014 - The 8th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) Meeting was held last week at the ASEAN Secretariat. The meeting reviewed the ASEAN-Japan cooperation and its future direction, focusing on the implementation of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan that were adopted during the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in December 2013. The Meeting also discussed the preparations for the forthcoming 17th ASEAN-Japan Summit to be held on 12 November in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

A Closer Look at ASEAN Trade Performance, Dependency and Investment

on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 28 October 2014– The first pillar of the ASEAN Economic Community involves two key aspects on the free flow of goods and free flow of investment in order to transform ASEAN into a single market and production base by 2015. An overview of key trends and patterns of these two fields are presented in ASEAN Community in Figures (ACIF) Special Edition 2014, launched this month by the ASEAN Secretariat.

Lao PDR Advances its ASEAN Trade Repository

on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

VIENTIANE, 27 October 2014 - A two-day National Workshop on ASEAN Trade Repository (ATR)/National Trade Repository (NTR)/Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Notification Procedures under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) was held on 20-21 October 2014 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The workshop aimed at providing technical knowledge to assist ASEAN Member States in their NTR development and to provide a better understanding on the substantive structure and outlay.More than 40 representatives from all relevant Lao PDR ministries and agencies attended.

ASEAN SG: External Relations to Africa is High on ASEAN’s Agenda

on Thursday, 23 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 23 October 2014 - H.E. Pakamisa Augustine Sifuba, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to ASEAN presented his Letter of Credence to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat.

SG Minh congratulated Ambassador Sifuba on his assumption of office and looked forward to strengthen the relations between ASEAN and South Africa, as well as between ASEAN and the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). He stressed that as ASEAN is pushing ahead to achieve ASEAN Community by 2015, the expansion of ASEAN’s external relations to new and emerging partners - especially countries and organisations from Africa and Latin America - is also high on ASEAN’s agenda.

 

ASEAN Develops Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Bioequivalence Study Reports

on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 22 October 2014 - A two-day workshop for representatives of Pharmaceutical Product Working Group (PPWG) or the National Drug Regulatory Authorities from ASEAN Member States was held on 20-21 October in Jakarta, Indonesia. An expert from EU presented background issues and international requirements for registration of generic drugs and for bioequivalence studies.

The ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) PPWG, in accordance with its objectives in eliminating technical barrier to trade in the pharmaceutical sector, has been undertaking work on developing harmonised technical requirements for this sector since its establishment. The PPWG had developed and implemented several harmonised technical requirements including the ASEAN Common Technical Dossier (ACTD) and ASEAN Common Technical Requirements (ACTR).  In 2009, PPWG started the implementation of a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Inspection of Manufacturers of Medicinal Products.

ASEAN, Ecuador to Explore Areas of Mutual Interests

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 21 October 2014 - The Ambassador of Ecuador to Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Riofrío Machuca, presented his Letter of Credence today to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, as Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to ASEAN.

Secretary-General Minh congratulated Ambassador Machuca for assuming his duty and stressed that Ambassador Machuca could play an important role in fostering cooperation between ASEAN and Ecuador in the framework of ASEAN-CELAC (Community of Latin America and Caribbean States) and FEALAC (Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation). SG Minh also encouraged him to actively explore practical cooperative activities that could be undertaken between both sides in the areas of mutual interest. SG Minh then briefed Ambassador Machuca on the progress of ASEAN Community building by 2015 and beyond.

Thai Deputy PM visits ASEAN Secretariat; meets with ASEAN SecGen

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 21 October 2014 – H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, paid a visit to the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday after attending the inauguration ceremony of Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo.

Minister Tanasak was welcomed by H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, who said that despite its political challenges, Thailand has consistently reaffirmed and delivered on its commitment to fully and actively participate in the ASEAN Community building and addressed regional and international issues of common interest and concern. The Secretary-General expressed full confidence in the resilience of the Thai nation to overcome the present difficulties and return to sustainable democracy and stability in due course.

 

ASEAN Continues to Assist Member States in Trade Repository Development

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

BANGKOK, 20 October 2014 A two-day National Workshop on ASEAN Trade Repository (ATR)/National Trade Repository (NTR)/Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Notification Procedures under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA)was held on 13-14 October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop aimed to provide technical knowledge to assist ASEAN Member States in their NTR development and to provide a better understanding on the substantive structure and outlay.

The Executive Director of the Bureau of Trade in Goods, Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, Ms. Sunanta Kangvalkulkij opened the two-day event. Thailand has shown its strong commitment to comply with the ATIGA by establishing the Thai NTR platform and attending the National Workshop with over 90 representatives from 35 ministries and agencies.  Thailand plans to launch its NTR by the end of 2014 and its ATR by 2015.

 

Private and Public Sectors Discuss Regional Cooperation for AEC Information to Businesses

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 20 October 2014 – Representatives from the ASEAN SME Agencies Working Group (SMEWG), the ASEAN Secretariat, and private sector bodies at the regional and national/local levels gathered at a workshop in Jakarta on 16-17 October to discuss options for regional cooperation on providing ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) information to businesses.

The workshop was a continuation of their discussions last June on this issue, prompted by the need to better inform the private sector particularly SMEs about the developments of the AEC as raised repeatedly by high-level ASEAN bodies including the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting and by the private sector. The need to better inform the private sector is becoming increasingly important to enable them to better understand and benefit from the AEC.  

 

2nd ASEAN Economic Community Symposium Focuses on SMEs

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

YANGON, 20 October 2014 - The Second ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Symposium was held on 13 October in Yangon, Myanmar. The theme of this year’s symposium was “Creating Opportunities for Businesses including SMEs in ASEAN.” 

H.E. Dr. San Lwin, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development of Myanmar delivered the keynote address.  Dr San highlighted that “the private sector is the engine of the growth in our economies. So there is a need to be sensitive and responsive to their needs for enhancing their competitiveness.” He added that as SMEs comprise about 90% of the enterprises in most ASEAN Member States (AMS), the dynamism and competitiveness of the region’s economy depend, to a large extent, on the development of SMEs in the region.

 

ASEAN Commits to Biodiversity Conservation

on Friday, 17 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

PYEONGCHANG, 17 October 2014 - The environment ministers of the ten ASEAN Member States reiterated their countries’ commitment to biodiversity conservation in a statement read at the ongoing Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The statement was read by Dr. Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Union Minister, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Working Together towards Rabies-free ASEAN

on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

HA NOI, 15 October 2014 - In accordance with the recent global observance of the World Rabies Day on 28 September, ASEAN demonstrated its continued support in accelerating the goal of a “Rabies-free ASEAN by 2020” through the endorsement of the ASEAN Rabies Elimination Strategy (ARES). This document was jointly endorsed by the 36th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) and the 12th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM) that were respectively held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar and Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

This joint endorsement of ARES is clearly a manifestation of ASEAN’s resolve and commitment for the elimination of rabies, which is a widespread, neglected and under-reported zoonosis with an almost 100% case fatality rate in animals and humans. This disease causes a significant social and economic burden in many countries worldwide. Every year, between 50,000 and 70,000 people die of rabies in various conditions. The majority of rabies cases globally occur among children.

Tenth Press Release of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC)

on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

Yangon, 15 October 2014 – The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) successfully concluded its 9th Meeting held from 13-14 October 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar.  Attended by the ACWC Representatives from ASEAN Member States, the Meeting reviewed and reported progress on the implementation of its 5-year work plan covering 2012-2016.

Already in its fifth year, the efforts of this inter-governmental body saw an increase in collaboration with other ASEAN sectoral bodies whose mandates and actions have implications to women and children. This collaborative effort stemmed from the need to synergize actions with other ASEAN sectoral bodies to achieve coherence in policies and prevent duplication of efforts.  Four joint projects related to gender were agreed for implementation in collaboration with the ASEAN Committee on Women, and one project on the public campaign for the elimination of violence against women in collaboration with the Senior Officials Meeting Responsible for Information.  Reciprocal invitations to respective activities were also made between ACWC and the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Senior Officials Meeting for Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD), and Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC).

 

ASEAN SG Visits the Republic of Korea Commemoration of 25th Anniversary Dialogue Relations

on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

SEOUL, 14 October 2014 - Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) from 8-12 October 2014 at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ROK, H.E. Yun Byung-se. The visit is one of the activities in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations (1989-2014).

During the visit, SG Minh paid a courtesy call to the President of the ROK, H.E. Park Geun-hye. He held meetings with the Acting Minister, First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Cho Tae-yong; Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, H.E. Yoon Sang-jick; Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, H.E. Kim Jong-deok; Minister of Korea Forest Service, Dr. Shin Won-sup. He also met with other high-ranking officials, including the Secretaries-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, and ASEAN Seoul Committee (ASC).