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02 February 2009 :: 02:02:19 am 28023

A Number of Important Documents to Be Signed At The 14th Asean Summit in Thailand

A number of important documents will be signed when ASEAN leaders meet at the 14th ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin and Cha-am in Thailand between 28 February and 1 March 2009.
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Among the documents is the Declaration on the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community, which is a compilation of the three blueprints for ASEAN Political and Security, Economic, and Socio-Cultural Communities. The blueprints identify integration measures, targets, and timelines for realizing the ASEAN community by 2015.

Other outcome documents include the ASEAN Political and Security Blueprint, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Blueprint, the Second Initiative for ASEAN Integration Work Plan 2009-2015, the Joint Declaration on the Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in ASEAN, the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement on Dental Services, the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement on Accounting Services, Negotiation Framework for the terms of reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Body, the Statement on Food Security in the Region, and the Statement on East Asian Summit Disaster Management.

These documents are being considered by the Thai Parliament, in accordance with Section 190 of the Constitution of Thailand, which requires the government to submit draft agreements that affect Thai sovereignty for parliamentary consideration.

Regarding the ASEAN Human Rights Body, the High-Level Panel on an ASEAN Human Rights Body, which was established to draft the Body’s terms of reference, has just completed its first draft for submission to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meetings during the 14th ASEAN Summit. The ASEAN Human Rights Body has been created by the ASEAN Charter to protect and promote human rights of ASEAN peoples. It is likely to be operational by the middle of this year.

According to the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Thani Thongpakdi, Thailand has given priority to the “3Rs.” since assuming the Chairmanship of ASEAN in July 2008,

The 3Rs include Realizing the commitments under the ASEAN Charter, the organization’s highest legislation, which has just entered into force, Revitalizing ASEAN as a people-centered community, and Reinforcing human development and security for all the peoples of the region.

In practice, what is high on Thailand’s agenda is how to realize the aspiration of the drafters of the ASEAN Charter to make ASEAN a more people-centered organization. Mr. Thani said, We want to make sure that our people fully benefit from this new era of ASEAN cooperation. Thailand will therefore use its chairmanship to strengthen ASEAN’s effort in addressing current issues relating to the well-being of ASEAN peoples, including energy security, food security, disaster management, and the world’s financial crisis.

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THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE ASEAN DIRECTORS-GENERAL ON ASEAN SECRETARIAT?S BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR FY 2009, 15 JANUARY 2009, CONRAD HOTEL, BANGKOK.

The Special Meeting of the ASEAN Directors-General on ASEAN Secretariat’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2009 was convened on 15 January 2009 at Conrad Hotel in Bangkok. The meeting was preceded by the Informal Working Dinner of ASEAN Directors-General on 14 January 2009 during which Thailand took the opportunity to update on the preparations of the 14th ASEAN Summit. All ASEAN Member States reiterated their support to the proposal to convene the 14th ASEAN Summit among the Leaders only on 27 February 1 March 2009. Thailand would organize an advanced visit to Hua Hin for Member States during 2-4

 

 

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During the Special Meeting of the ASEAN Directors-General on 15 January 2009, the Meeting discussed extensively on matters relating to the ASEAN Secretariat Budget, representation of ASEAN Member States on the Community Councils, as well as progress on the establishment of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN.

With regard to the ASEAN Secretariat Budget, the Meeting agreed to the proposed 14 additional staffs as well as endorsed the 13.415 million USD as interim budget line for ASEAN Secretariat for 2009 to enable ASEAN Secretariat to function.

Concerning the representation of ASEAN Member States on the Community Councils, Member States were requested to inform the ASEAN Secretariat and Thailand on their respective representation for each Community Council at the earliest opportunity.

Regarding the establishment of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, the Meeting shared the view that the appointment of the Permanent Representatives should be in accordance with the respective internal procedures of each Member State. The Permanent Representatives could duly perform their duties upon presentation of their instrument of credentials.

The Meeting also discussed and updated progress on MoU on the Establishment of the ASEAN Center in Moscow, ASEAN-GCC Ministerial Meeting in Bahrain, ASEAN-MERCOSUR SOM, ASEAN-Canada ICM, Development Partner of ASEAN as well as ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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