ASEAN members strengthen collaboration toward Vision 2025
Representatives from the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia, in late April 2019 to advance discussions on better collaboration and an increased focus on the people they represent.
The talks centered on ASEAN’s Vision 2025, a 10-year plan to establish a politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible and people-centered, rules-based ASEAN.
During April’s meeting, the ASEAN Secretariat hosted more than 150 participants representing ASEAN youth, civil societies, women, businesses and professional associations. (Pictured: Participants at an April 2019 Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting pose for a photograph.)
“Given the diversity among ASEAN entities, as well the expansive scopes that entities cover, there is a big role ASEAN entities can play to ensure agility and inclusiveness in our regional integration process,” Dr. AKP Mochtan of Indonesia, deputy secretary-general of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, said, according to an ASEAN news release.
Improving public awareness about the importance of ASEAN is a key part of building community, ASEAN leaders said, according to Viet Nam News, an English-language newspaper. The ASEAN Secretariat conducted a survey in 2018 that revealed respondents’ awareness of ASEAN and its purpose was relatively low, Viet Nam Newsreported.
ASEAN intends to use social organizations to improve awareness. These community groups will engage more with ASEAN and relay the socio-cultural needs of citizens in each member state, thereby allowing ASEAN to create partnerships and programs that meet those needs.
“Every community needs to develop and evolve. The ASEAN community is no different. It takes time to implement and to become deeply established in the fabric of the community,” ASEAN said on its website about Vision 2025.
ASEAN’s goal is to establish a framework for continuous development to unite and integrate its 10 member states: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Vision 2025, according to ASEAN, “is also a vision that will enable the people of ASEAN to see and participate in the direction established by the leaders of ASEAN for its growth and development.”