Myanmar envoy: “One vision, one identity” for ASEAN

Myanmar envoy: “One vision, one identity” for ASEAN

by Camille Diola on September 15, 2011 - 5:20 pm

ASEAN Fest calls for “stronger” regional ties

UA&P Department of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) and Department of Arts bespoke “a stronger ASEAN” through a series of activities on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, whose ties are dedicated to economic and political participation in the region.

Focusing on Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, the festival celebrated the 44th foundation anniversary of ASEAN. The activities also highlighted features of the Asia Pacific Studies program that cover the region’s socio-economic landscape and Arts courses examining the cultural products of Asia, according to a statement by APS chair Dr. Elizabeth Urgel.

The festival commenced last August 25 with a symposium with Mr. Htuann Naung, Third Secretary and Consul of the Embassy of Myanmar, who recounted directions Myanmar takes according to ASEAN goals for 2015 summed up as the “building of an ASEAN community,” he said.

One such project Myanmar has undertaken, according to Mr. Naung, was the construction of cross-border infrastructures connecting with fellow Vietnam, Laos and Thailand as well as with populous economic giants China and India, which are “two important dialogue partners.”

Mr. Naung also said that the objective to strengthen ties points to the commitment of member countries to take on the outlook of “one vision, one identity, and one caring and sharing community” in responding to challenges and opportunities that might pose in the future.

“We are committed to intensify our work toward a people-oriented, people-centered and rules-based ASEAN,” said Mr. Naung, whose home country will assume ASEAN chairmanship in 2014.

APS also solicited the participation of various embassies for an exhibit of posters, promotional items and tourism video spots that depict the cultures of different Southeast Asian nations at the Li Seng Giap Lobby which ran until September 9. #

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