DENPASAR, 14 February 2017 – To enable the ordinary ASEAN citizens to tap on the opportunities that ASEAN brings, the ASEAN Secretariat and other entities associated with ASEAN discussed how to increase collaboration and synchronise efforts in expanding outreach.
The discussion focused on ASEAN branding, leveraging the 50th anniversary of ASEAN as a momentum to foster collaboration among ASEAN entities and amplify awareness to the citizens of ASEAN. In his remarks, AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General for Corporate and Community Affairs of ASEAN called upon the entities to explore potential joint cooperation to further promote the opportunities of the ASEAN Community while carrying out their respective mandates. He also underlined the importance of human interest stories in order to show how ASEAN citizens’ lives are enhanced due to ASEAN uniqueness, diversity, inclusiveness and connectivity.
“The retreat among ASEAN and the various entities has been extremely beneficial because it has opened up opportunities and paths to enhance AIPA’s mission and goals to become a stronger organisation and to benefit the peoples of ASEAN,” said Isra Sunthornvut, Secretary-General of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
Commenting on the way forward, Elaine Tan, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation said, “The retreat allowed us to stimulate cross-institution collaboration. Impactful initiative resulting from this retreat can help to deliver on the community building process of ASEAN.”
The retreat was attended by representatives from ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Foundation, ASEAN Centre of Energy, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, ASEAN Business Advisory Council, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, ASEAN Institute for Green Economy and ASEAN Supreme Audit Institution. It was supported by the German Government in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat.
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