ASEAN High Level Task Force (HLTF) established in February this year completed its task of drafting a post-2015 vision for the ASEAN Community. This vision will chart the path over the next decade for enhancing and strengthening the ASEAN Community and enable the realisation of a politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible as well as a truly people-oriented, people-centred and rules-based ASEAN, in line with the declaration of the ASEAN Leaders made at their Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last November.
The HLTF, comprising senior representatives from each ASEAN Member State and staff from the ASEAN Secretariat, had ten meetings to discuss and formulate this post-2015 vision. The process included consultations with relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations and representatives from think-tanks.
The HLTF's tenth meeting in Kuala Lumpur from 2 to 4 October finalised the draft vision which comprises five documents, namely the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN Community Vision 2025; ASEAN Community Vision 2025; and three Blueprints covering the Political-Security Community, the Economic Community and the Socio-Cultural Community.
These draft documents will be submitted to the ASEAN Ministers for endorsement and subsequently tabled at the 27th ASEAN Summit to be held in Kuala Lumpur from 20 to 22 November 2015 for adoption.
H.E Dato' Hsu King Bee served as the Chair of the HLTF as well as Malaysia's representative. Participating in this final meeting were Datuk Ravidran Palaniappan, Chair of the HLTF Economic Integration Working Group, Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee Eng Lye who led the HLTF for the Socio-Cultural Pillar, together with the other representatives to the HLTF and their delegations.