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ASEAN Secretary-General sends condolences to Viet Nam

on Friday, 25 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 25 July 2014 – ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh sent a message of condolences to Viet Nam which was hit by Typhoon Rammasun this week. In a letter sent yesterday to Pham Binh Minh, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Foreign Minister, SG Minh conveyed his “sympathy for the loss of lives and properties in the communities in Quang Ninh Province” which have been affected the most by the typhoon.  

ASEAN-Japan Review Future Cooperation Direction

on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 23 July 2014 - ASEAN and Japan reviewed their cooperation and its future direction, focusing on areas of mutual interest and concern across the three pillars of political-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation during the 7th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) Meeting held today at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. The Meeting also discussed preparations for the forthcoming Post Ministerial Conference (PMC)+1 Session with Japan to be held on 9 August in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. In addition, the Meeting exchanged views on developments in ASEAN and Japan.

ASEAN and ROK Prepare for Commemorative Summit in Busan

on Monday, 21 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 21 July 2014 – The Secretary-General of the Preparatory Office for the 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit, HE. Choi Jong-moon, called on Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, on 18 July 2014.

Secretary-General Choi informed SG Minh about the preparation for the commemorative summit which is scheduled to be held on 11-12 December 2014 in Busan, the ROK. He underlined the significance of the summit as a milestone marking the 25th Anniversary of the ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations. He reiterated the commitment of the Government of the ROK to making the commemorative summit a substantive and festive event and a great success to elevate the ASEAN-ROK relations to new heights.

ASEAN Chief expresses sympathy to Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Rammasun

on Friday, 18 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 18 July 2014 – In another demonstration of its solidarity with Member States, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh as the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator sent a letter today to President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines expressing the Association’s sympathy to the country which suffered the brunt of Typhoon Rammasun (local name: Glenda) on Wednesday. While the damages were minimal compared to Haiyan, there were reported cases of around 30 fatalities and significant damages to properties and public facilities.

It has been ten months since the Philippines was hit by super Typhoon Haiyan and it was clear that the lessons learned from that experience have strengthened the country’s disaster preparedness and response as shown by the minimal loss sustained this time. Thus, the ASEAN Chief commended President Aquino for the “early warning efforts of the Philippine Government, which have led to reduced loss of lives and damages to properties.”

ASEAN Discusses Approach to Effective Competition Enforcement

on Friday, 18 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

MANILA, 18 July 2014 - The 4th ASEAN Competition Conference brought together competition experts and public-private stakeholders from ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Republic of Korea, US, EU and international entities such as UNCTAD and the OECD, to discuss the experiences of ASEAN Member States (AMS) in Competition Policy and Law (CPL) enforcement and share knowledge on remedies and innovative methodologies to combat anticompetitive conducts.   It was convened from 16-17 July with the theme “Building Blocks for Effective Enforcement of CPL.”

Spearheaded by the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC), the annual ASEAN Competition Conference aims to promote competition policy for regional development and shape the direction of CPL implementation within ASEAN. This year’s conference “provided a platform to learn on how to improve the implementation of the existing competition-related laws and further develop national competition policies, noting the divergent development gaps amongst AMS,” said Mr. Geronimo L. Sy, Assistant Secretary and Head of Office for Competition of the Department of Justice (DOJ-OFC) of the Philippines.

Harmonising Food Control Requirements in ASEAN to Remove Trade Barriers

on Friday, 18 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 18 July 2014 - A Workshop on Review and Development of Guidelines on ASEAN Common Food Control Requirements (ACFCRs) was held on 14 – 15 July 2014 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, to review the existing ACFCRs published in 2006 and the proposed new draft Guidelines. The workshop was held in conjunction with a meeting of the PFPWG Task Force on Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on prepared foodstuff. Representatives of ASEAN Member States food regulators and food standards agencies attended the workshop.

The ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACSSQ) Product Working Group on Prepared Foodstuffs (PFPWG) has been actively supporting ACCSQ in its task to eliminate technical barriers to trade in the prepared foodstuff sector as part of its efforts in realizing the ASEAN Economic Community. Among the initiatives include the development of harmonised food control requirements for ASEAN. These harmonised requirements provide a basis for Member States to establish compatible domestic regulations that will enable respective regulatory agencies to have mutual confidence in the food control systems implemented with regard to ensuring the safety of food and providing for fair trade practices.

ASEAN Calls for Support to Recovery of Typhoon Haiyan-affected Communities in the Philippines

on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 15 July 2014 – A pre-conference meeting held in ASEAN Secretariat today gathered around 100 ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, ASEAN’s partners, and the private sector, to discuss and share views on continuing support for the recovery of communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

In his welcome remarks, H.E. Ambassador Min Lwin, Chair of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, emphasised that the presence of the Ambassadors, Dialogue Partners, and the private sector, sends a strong message “that we are united in our goal of continuing our support to the communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.”

ASEAN Disaster Management Officials Enhance Knowledge on Humanitarian Logistics

on Monday, 07 April 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

SUBANG, 7 April 2014 – Representatives from ASEAN Member States’ disaster management agencies are embarking on a humanitarian logistics system training in Subang, Malaysia, from 7 to 14 April. The training is developed by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) in collaboration with the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) Subang Base, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Asia Regional Office.


New Ambassador of Poland to ASEAN Presents Credentials

on Friday, 28 March 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 28 March 2014 - The Polish Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Tadeusz Szumowski presented his Letter of Credence today to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, as Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to ASEAN at the ASEAN Secretariat.


JICA Commits to Promote Cooperation with ASEAN

on Monday, 14 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 14 July 2014 - The newly appointed Principal Representative for ASEAN Coordination of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Nakagawa Hiroaki, called on Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh today at the ASEAN Secretariat.

ASEAN Secretary-General Visits Russia

on Monday, 07 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

SAINT PETERSBURG, 7 July 2014 - Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh paid an official visit to the Russian Federation from 1 - 4 July at the invitation of H.E. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

ASEAN and Canada to Deepen Dialogue Relations

on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

SINGAPORE, 3 July 2014 - The 11th ASEAN-Canada Dialogue, which was held in Singapore on 2 July, reviewed the progress of the Plan of Action (2010-2015) to Implement the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership across the political-security, economic, and socio-cultural fields as well as development cooperation.

While encouraging the continued effective implementation of the current Plan of Action, the Meeting stressed the importance of visioning the next phase of ASEAN-Canada cooperation, including the calibration of a new plan of action for the post-2015 period. In this regard, the Meeting agreed that the new plan of action should be built upon the current achievements and continue to support ASEAN’s community building and integration beyond 2015.

ASEAN Statisticians and Media to Raise Awareness on ASEAN Statistics

on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

HANOI, 3 July 2014 - Statisticians and journalists from ASEAN Member States participated in a Training of Trainers and Training on Public Relations and Statistics from 27 June-2 July in Hanoi, Viet Nam to address data users’ low awareness of the availability of ASEAN statistics, as revealed in recent surveys.

The objective of the project is to promote ASEAN statistics through regular press releases and snapshot publications, both at the regional and national statistical systems levels. It also allows the ASEAN Member States to present their data and improve their communication skills.

Indonesia’s Presidential Race in the Spotlight on “ASEAN Today”

on Wednesday, 02 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 2 July 2014 - The battle between the two men who want to be president of Indonesia tops the July 2014 edition of "ASEAN Today."

Ivan Mayrina of the Philippines' GMA Network co-anchors the program from Manila, with Dalton Tanonaka of The Indonesia Channel in Jakarta. The programme includes debate highlights between Indonesia’s presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo, Cambodia's metal smith industry, and the Islamic fashions of designer Jenahara.  Durudee Sirichanya of the ASEAN Secretariat has the month's regular feedback segment.


Executive Programme for ASEAN’s Disaster Management Officials Concludes

on Monday, 30 June 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 27 June 2014 – Today, thirteen disaster management officers from ASEAN Member States' National Disaster Management Offices (NDMO) completed the First Batch of the AHA Centre Executive Programme (ACE Programme).

“During the six months together, all of you experienced interesting and rewarding moments. I encourage all of you to continue the relationship you have built and to participate actively in giving life to our vision of ‘ASEAN responding as one,’” stated H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the closing ceremony.