Press Conference by ASEAN Secretary General

  • The ASEAN Plus dialogues were conducted in a warm and constructive manner
  • Economic cooperation and market opening up, deepening of regional integration were the key focus.
  • They tried to forge a common front to address common challenges including food security and natural disaster
  • The issue of connectivity was emphasized. The dialogue partners set up their own task force and mechanisms to support ASEAN connectivity
  • They all supported to ASEAN initiated Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
  • They committed to work together to build a secure and prosperous ASEAN and East Asia
  • They acknowledge the resiliency of the region
  • They appreciated the way we managed our own challenges (financial crisis management in late 1990s)
  • They acknowledged that our region is an engine of growth and locomotive for the global economy
  • They acknowledged the significant role of the Chiangmai Initiative
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