The 28th ASEAN-Australia Forum was held in Canberra on 22 April 2016, with participation by representatives from ASEAN Member States, Australia and the ASEAN Secretariat. This was the second Forum since the formation of the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership in 2014 as well as the first Forum since the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

The Forum was co-chaired by Mr Gary Quinlan, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia and U Aung Lynn, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Mr Quinlan welcomed the declaration of the ASEAN Community at the November 2015 ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, which represented a major milestone in ASEAN’s integration.  Mr Quinlan also commended ASEAN’s new strategic framework, “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together”.

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