1. The Ninth ASEAN Law Ministers Meeting (ALAWMM) was held on 22 October 2015 in Bali, Indonesia.

2. The Ministers expressed appreciation to H.E. Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia for officiating the Meeting and delivering his Opening Remarks. In his remarks, H.E. Jusuf Kalla highlighted the even greater role ALAWMM has to support the attainment of economic prosperity in the region of ASEAN. He went on to say that this depends not only on strong economic-related legal frameworks, but also greatly depends on criminal justice legal framework. He also recognised that rule of law is the key factor to progress the endeavor of ASEAN in accelerating ASEAN integration and attaining its goals. He noted that ALAWMM’s tasks in promoting progressive development of international law within ASEAN region but it has never been an easy task. Therefore, he encouraged the Ministers to take the appropriate course of action for ALAWMM to work closely with other sectoral bodies of ASEAN, and also take a proactive step to engage in cooperation with other regional and international organisations in order to provide a robust legal and institutional framework for sustainable economic growth.

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