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Prime Minister to Attend the 26th ASEAN Summit

by Duangkamol Buranasomphop

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will attend the 26th ASEAN Summit and related meetings on 26 - 28 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia.
According to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Summit will be the first of two meetings this year under Malaysia’s Chairmanship. In addition to the plenary and retreat sessions of the 26th ASEAN Summit, ASEAN leaders are scheduled to meet representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), and the ASEAN Youths and Civil Society Organizations. The objective is to promote inclusive participation by all relevant stakeholders in building a truly people-centered ASEAN Community. The theme under Malaysia’s ASEAN Chairmanship is "Our People, Our Community, Our Vision.”
The ASEAN Summit will focus on reviewing the developments and progress ASEAN has made so far in ASEAN community building and other related matters that will contribute to the realization of an ASEAN Community by 2015. Another important issue to be discussed is the preparation for the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year. ASEAN leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues that have impacts on the region.
Thailand attaches importance to building a people-centered, rules-based, and inclusive ASEAN Community, promoting connectivity in all dimensions and ASEAN Centrality in the regional architecture, strengthening the capacity of the agricultural sector and SMEs, managing the negative impacts of connectivity, promoting cooperation on security and addressing non-traditional security challenges, as well as the role of Thailand as coordinator for ASEAN-China relations.
During the Summit, ASEAN leaders will adopt three outcome documents proposed by Malaysia. The documents include 1) Kuala Lumpur Declaration on a People-Centered ASEAN; 2) Langkawi Declaration on Global Movement of Moderates; and 3) Declaration on Institutionalizing the Resilience of ASEAN and Its Communities and Peoples to Disasters and Climate Change.
The Prime Minister of Thailand will also take this opportunity to hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the Summit.
On 28 April 2015, Prime Minister Prayut will attend the 9th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle Summit (IMT-GT) in Langkawi, Malaysia. The Summit will also be attended by Mr. Joko Widodo, the President of Indonesia, Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mr. Stephen Groff, Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Mr. Le Luong Minh, ASEAN Secretary-General.

Content: thailand.prd.go.th
Picture: themalaysiantimes.com.my

Duangkamol Buranasomphop

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