ASEAN@50 Launches in the Philippines

MANILA: This January marks the beginning of the Philippines’ chairmanship of the 10-member regional bloc of ASEAN. Centered on the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World” diplomats and leaders from all over the region will convene in different locations in the Philippines for various events that will cover economic relations, business, youth, women and other topics throughout the year.

For the month of January, the ASEAN 2017 launch was held on January 15 in Davao City’s SMX Convention Center. “As the Philippines assumes chairmanship of the ASEAN 2017 which also coincides with its 50th year anniversary, our stride is wade by a sense of pride and excitement as we step into the century and the world hand in hand,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

Priorities of this year’s ASEAN according to the Presidential Communications Operations Office include “people-oriented and people-centered initiatives, peace and stability, maritime security and cooperation, inclusive and innovative-led growth, ASEAN resiliency and ASEAN as model of regionalism.”

Upcoming events this January are the ASEAN Business and Investments Program Launch on January 24 at the Malacañan Palace and the 69th ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Meeting and Dinner. The meeting will be hosted by ASEAN-BAC Chair, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, and will explore the topics of MSME, Women in Business, Young Entrepreneurs, Inclusive Business and E-commerce aligned with it’s thrust of Partners for Change, Prosperity for All.

“It is very important for each nation to come together and help one another because it cannot just be only two or three countries that are progressing leaving the seven countries behind. It defeats the vision of prosperity for all. As I said, the President’s mission is to bring about change and make many of our micro and small entrepreneurs succeed in life. This will eventually erase the poverty that many of our people still experience,” ASEAN-BAC Chair Joey Concepcion said.


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