Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr. Kim Kao Hourn today led the ASEAN Secretariat team to attend the 18th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Jakarta. The EAS countries expressed their commitment to further strengthen the EAS as a Leaders-led forum for dialogue and cooperation on broad strategic, political, and economic issues of common interest and concern. The Meeting adopted the EAS Leaders’ Statement on Maintaining and Promoting the Region as an Epicentrum of Growth and exchanged views on a wide range of regional and international issues. The Meeting also reviewed the implementation of the EAS Plan of Action (POA) 2018-2022 and welcomed the adoption of the new EAS POA for the next five years.
The East Asia Summit (EAS) Senior Officials’ Meeting was convened on 3 August 2023 in Bali, Indonesia and attended by the SOM Leaders/Representatives of all EAS participating countries, Timor-Leste as observer, and the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community. The meeting’s plenary session reviewed the work of the EAS in 2023 and EAS cooperation including initiatives to implement the ASEAN Outlook in the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). Meanwhile, the meeting’s retreat session discussed substantive preparations for the 18th East Asia Summit in September and exchanged views on regional and international issues to support ASEAN as an epicentrum of growth.
The Third East Asia Summit (EAS) Ambassadors’ Meeting in Jakarta (3/2023 EAMJ) was held on 31 July 2023 in Bali. The meeting reviewed the progress in the implementation of the EAS Plan of Action 2018-2022, discussed preparations for the 18th East Asia Summit in September, and exchanged information on regional development cooperation initiatives and security policies and initiatives.
In attendance were the Ambassadors of EAS participating countries or their representatives, Timor-Leste as Observer, and the ASEAN Secretariat delegation led by the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community.
Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Kao Kim Hourn attended the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting which took place today in Jakarta. The meeting reaffirmed the commitment to further strengthen the EAS as a Leaders-led forum for dialogue and cooperation on broad strategic, political, and economic issues of common interest and concern. The meeting reviewed the progress of the implementation of the EAS Plan of Action 2018-2022 and discussed future direction of EAS cooperation. The meeting also exchanged views on a wide range of regional and international issues.
The Second East Asia Summit (EAS) Ambassadors’ Meeting in Jakarta (2/2023 EAMJ) and EAS Ambassadors in Jakarta’s Retreat were convened on 23 May 2023 in Bandung, West Java. The meetings were chaired by Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and concurrently Chair of the EAMJ Ambassador Derry Aman. In attendance were the Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors of EAS participating countries to ASEAN, representatives from Timor-Leste as observer, and a delegation from the ASEAN Secretariat. The meetings discussed the progress of EAS cooperation and exchanged information on regional development cooperation initiatives and security policies and initiatives.
The East Asia Summit Senior Officials’ Meeting (EAS SOM) was convened on 8 March 2023 at the ASEAN Secretariat. The Meeting was chaired by Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro, SOM Leader of Indonesia, and attended by SOM Leaders of EAS participating countries, Timor-Leste as Observer, and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Prior to the closing ceremony of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Summits, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen handed over a hammer to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as a symbolic handover of ASEAN presidency from Cambodia to Indonesia.
“Indonesia is honored to be the Chair of ASEAN in 2023. The chairmanship of Indonesia will adopt the theme ‘ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth,” President Jokowi said at Sokha Hotel, Phnom Penh, Sunday (11/13).
The Head of State also stated that ASEAN must be a stable and peaceful region and become an anchor for global stability as well as enforce international law consistently and remain neutral.
“ASEAN must be a dignified region and uphold humanity values and democracy,” the President said.
On the occasion, the President also expected ASEAN to become a fast-growing, inclusive, and sustainable economic region. By strengthening its institutional capacity and effectiveness, he expected ASEAN can face even more difficulties in the coming 20 years.
“All of difficulties must be tackled in the ASEAN way, which is consistent with the spirit of cooperation and entirely implement the ASEAN Charter,” he stated.
In addition, President Jokowi invited the attending ASEAN leaders to attend the ASEAN Summit in Indonesia next year.
“I look forward to Your Excellencies’ presence in Indonesia next year,” he remarked.
Original publication date: 13 November 2022
Today has finally come! Brunei Darussalam officially handed over ASEAN Chairmanship to Cambodia for 2022. Prior to the Handing Over Ceremony, Samdech Techo Prime Minister also participated in the fruitful 18th ASEAN-India and 4th ASEAN-Russia Summits.
I sincerely commend Brunei Darussalam and all responsible individuals, who contributed to reaching another milestone both for Brunei and for ASEAN. Under the theme “ASEAN A.C.T.: Addressing Challenges Together”, Cambodia will strive to promote a collective approach and mobilise efforts of all ASEAN Member States to ensure harmony, peace, and prosperity for the benefit of our region and our peoples.
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Original publication date: 28 October, 2021
Ha Noi, 15 November 2020 – Brunei Darussalam has taken the symbolic gavel for the ASEAN Chair in 2021 from Vietnam at the closing of the 37th ASEAN Summit and related summits in Hanoi on November 15. With the theme “We Care. We Prepare. We Prosper,” the bloc's next chair will continue to advance the regional recovery and community-building efforts.
Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah revealed the next year’s focus that reflects three priority areas the country plans to promote: (1) Caring for the people and each other’s well-being, (2) Preparing for future opportunities and challenges, and (3) Prospering together as a unified region.
“Although ASEAN is a prosperous region with a growing economy and improved connectivity, the region has faced financial crises, energy shortages, natural disasters and climate change,” The Scoop quoted the sultan as saying.
“The severe challenges to global activities brought about by the [coronavirus] has also shown us that ASEAN must continue to strengthen ASEAN solidarity and centrality to overcome them,” the sultan said, adding that in today’s polarized world, ASEAN must continue to advance together.
The sultan emphasized that ASEAN was formed over fifty years ago with a vision for a better and more peaceful future based on the shared understanding that ASEAN as a whole, is greater than the sum of its parts.
“Integration, unity and solidarity, have and must continue to be, the foundation of ASEAN’s relations in advancing together,” he noted.
The Brunei government has yet to announce how ASEAN-related meetings will take place in 2021, whether they will continue to be held virtually or in-person at some point during the year.
Brunei last held the ASEAN chairmanship in 2013.
According to Article 31 in the ASEAN Charter, the Chairmanship of ASEAN shall rotate annually, based on the alphabetical order of the English names of member states.
A member state assuming the Chairmanship shall chair the ASEAN Summit and related summits, the ASEAN Coordinating Council, the three ASEAN Community Councils, relevant ASEAN Sectoral Ministerial Bodies and senior officials, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives.
The hosting country shall chair high-ranking and ministerial meetings, promoting the bloc’s interests and prosperity, recommending initiatives and new plans, and ensuring timely response to emergencies for the sake of the bloc.
Source: Hanoi Times