Bali, Indonesia, 16 November 2011

With only one day to the start of the 19th ASEAN Summit & Related Summits, the Secretary-General of ASEAN has committed to brief the public via videoconference and the worldwide web on the key highlights and outcomes of the Summits which will take place in Bali, Indonesia this week.

Dr Surin’s engagement with the public will be made possible by the World Bank and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) in the East Asia and Pacific region. On Monday 21 November, those who are interested in ASEAN affairs and have a good internet connection on their computer may point their browser to before 10:00 AM Bali time and join the discussion. Members of the press who are unable to join the Summits in Bali this week are also encouraged to participate in the video discussion.

Dr Surin has set aside three hours to brief the public on the discussions and decisions agreed by the Leaders at the Summits. Members of the public are also encouraged to ask Dr Surin questions, which can be sent to from 10:00 AM Bali time, with the subject title: “My Question”. He will be conducting the web-stream video discussion from the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre, which is the official venue of the Summits this week.

The briefing will also include some ASEAN Member States and ASEAN Dialogue Partners, all of which will engage via video conference from their respective capitals. ASEAN Member States have invited representatives from regional and international organisations, diplomatic community, policy and law makers, civil society, academic, media, and the private sector to the sites in Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok and Ha Noi. Those from Dialogue Partner countries will participate from the sites in Canberra, Beijing, Tokyo, and Seoul.

To read about the topics that were raised at the previous briefings, please see the press releases from last year’s pre-Summit briefing from the 17th ASEAN Summit & Related Summits, and this year’s post-AMM/PMC/ARF briefing.