ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS)

A. Background

The establishment of an ASEAN Sectoral Body on Sports was first proposed at the 16th ASEAN Summit in Ha Noi, Viet Nam in April 2010 to promote more active cooperation in sports within ASEAN.

The 18th ASEAN Summit held on 7-8 May 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia endorsed the recommendation to establish an ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS). It is recognised that sports is one of the most effective instruments in bringing about greater interaction among the ASEAN peoples.

At the 19th ASEAN Summit held on 17 November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, the ASEAN Leaders reiterated their commitment to support the AMMS and the initiatives to enhance cooperation in sports and sports-related activities in order to promote a healthier lifestyle for citizens of ASEAN Member States.

As practiced in ASEAN, the AMMS shall be assisted by senior-level officials through the Senior Officials Meeting on Sports (SOMS). The SOMS shall have its own Terms of Reference.

B. Objectives:

The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS) shall endeavour to

1. Enhance cooperation in sports and sports-related activities towards balanced sports development in ASEAN;
2. Promote a healthier lifestyle among citizens of ASEAN Member States through sports;
3. Encourage more interaction among peoples of ASEAN, thus fostering friendship among ASEAN Member States, as well as contributing to ASEAN integration and community building;
4. Advocate and promote the role of sports in regional development, peace and stability; and
5. Promote sportsmanship, competitiveness and an ASEAN culture of excellence in sports at the regional and international levels.

C. Mandate and Functions:

1. Operationalise the relevant directives of the ASEAN Summits, the ASEAN Coordinating Council, and the ASEAN Community Councils;
2. Formulate and recommend policies, strategies, work plans, programmes and projects for regional cooperation in sports development;
3. Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of approved programmes and projects and recommend measures for improvement;
4. Establish, as appropriate, subsidiary bodies such as technical or experts working groups that will handle specific areas of sports cooperation. Experts and participants from the private sector may be involved in these working groups;
5. Endorse the Terms of Reference of subsidiary bodies and when necessary, agree on the dissolution of subsidiary bodies;
6. Carry out the following tasks:

  1. Promote cooperation in sports:
  2. Promote cooperation in sports R&D and sports-related activities:
  3. Promote cooperation of the private sector in sports industry and sports tourism:
  4. Raise public awareness in ASEAN and promote mutual understanding and trust through sports:
  5. Cooperate with ASEAN’s external friends and partners in sports
  6. Promote healthy and active lifestyle among citizens of ASEAN Member States through sports;
  7. Contribute to enhancing the physical education programs in schools for the promotion and mainstreaming of physical fitness and health;
  8. Encourage gender mainstreaming and equal participation and opportunities for women in sports; and
  9. Work with other ASEAN Sectoral Ministerial Bodies and their SOM-level subsidiary bodies in human resources development through sports.

7. Formulate ASEAN common positions on sports issues in preparation for international meetings and conferences.

D. Sectoral Development

1. Updating Sports on the ASCC Blueprint (20th ASEAN Summit, Phnom Penh, May 2012) – Proposing actions under the characteristics on Human Development in the ASCC Blueprint, the Summit noted that the following are the action lines for the sports Sector which are to be updated in the ASCC Blueprint:

  • Promote cooperation in sports and raise public awareness of ASEAN by supporting or institutionalising regional sports events, sharing best practices, expertise, and facilities;
  • Promote cooperation in sport R&D and sports-related activities through the conduct of training and/or exchange programmes;
  • Establish mechanisms to effectively mobilise resources, including the engagement of the private sector, the media and ASEAN Dialogue Partners, to support sports-related initiatives;
  • Recognise, support and/or establish networks of support centers of excellence in sports training in ASEAN; and
  • Promote healthy and active lifestyle among citizens of ASEAN Member States through sports.

2. Sports Industry Year 2013 – 2013 was declared as the Sports Industry Year to recognize the potential of sports industry in ASEAN and highlight the achievements of ASEAN sports sector. There was a recognition that ASEAN need to be collectively engaged in promoting the sporting agenda, considering the increased demands across the different aspects, including athletes’ development and sports infrastructure.
3. Vientiane Declaration on Sports Cooperation in ASEAN ( 5 December 2013)- the 2nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports adopted the Declaration to signify the importance on sports cooperation in ASEAN and underscore the commitment that ASEAN sports ministers undertake in the sector.


Draft Terms of Reference
of the ASEAN Secretariat

[in support of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS)
and the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Sports (SOMS)]

1. Provide the following technical and administrative support to the activities of the AMMS, ASEAN SOMS and its subsidiary bodies, including those established with Dialogue Partners in the area of sports:
i. General support
a. Advise, coordinate and assist in the initiation and implementation of activities and decisions of the AMMS and ASEAN SOMS;
b. Assist in the preparation and development of the regional work plan on sports;
c. Monitor the implementation of Agreements entered into between and among the AMMS, the ASEAN SOMS, Dialogue Partners, other legal entities and the private sector.


ii. Conduct of Meetings
a. Participate and/or serve as resource person in the Meetings of relevant ASEAN Committees and other international bodies;
b. Assist the host country in planning and coordinating all activities required for convening the AMMS, ASEAN SOMS and other relevant meetings. The assistance may include the following:

  • • provide advice on the preparations of annotated agenda, information papers, project reports, project briefs/concept paper/proposals and other documents for discussion in the Meeting;
  • • assist in protocol and logistical arrangements including media conference;
  • • assist the local secretariat or the assigned committee in the preparations of draft report of the meeting for adoption.

iii. Project conceptualization, implementation and monitoring
a. Assist in the conceptualization, development and appraisal of project proposals for funding consideration of Dialogue Partners and other sponsors;
b. Monitor the progress of implementation and assist in the impact assessment of programmes and projects of the AMMS and ASEAN SOMS;
c. Coordinate the implementation of the projects of the AMMS and the ASEAN SOMS.
d. Implement AMMS or SOMS projects of which the ASEAN Secretariat is the proponent;

iv. Information dissemination
a. Inform the AMMS, the ASEAN SOMS and its subsidiary bodies of the directives of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) and on relevant current developments in ASEAN;
b. Maintain regular communications and links with the AMMS, the ASEAN SOMS and its subsidiary bodies, proponents of projects, project consultants/experts, designated focal points in Dialogue Partner Countries and international bodies;
c. Present reports and updates on ASEAN sports activities to the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) and other ASEAN bodies;

2. Perform such other duties as directed by the Secretary-General of ASEAN, the AMMS and the ASEAN SOMS.