ASEAN IN FOCUS

ASEAN eyes post-2015 vision for SMEs

(Eagle News Service) — The ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for the development of small and medium enterprises or SMEs was tackled in a public-private partner dialogue held recently in Cambodia. Cambodian Secretary of State Heng Sokkung, of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft of the Royal Government of Cambodia welcomed the holding of the dialogue in Siem Rea, Cambodia that focused  on the ASEAN action plan, also known as the Post-2015 SME Vision. The Cambodian […]

3 youth leaders, business newspaper honored by ASEAN as “Champions of Biodiversity”

(ASEAN Secretariat News) — Three youth leaders from Indonesia and a business newspaper from the Philippines were recently honored as the 2014 ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity for their outstanding work in biodiversity conservation and advocacy. The awarding ceremony was held on November 26 at the Legend Villas in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The winners in the Youth Category are Indonesia’s Adeline Suwana of the Sahabat Alam youth organization, and twins Giovanna and Gabriella Thohir […]

Vietnam warships visit Philippines amid South China Sea dispute

(Reuters) – Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines but an official said it was not trying to challenge China’s superior naval forces amid tension in the South China Sea. Hanoi invited the diplomatic community to its Russian-built missile-guided frigates docked in Manila Bay at the start of a three-day goodwill visit. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be […]

ASEAN to Heighten Public Awareness of Biodiversity Issues

MANILA, 24 November 2014 – Government communication officers and biodiversity experts from the ten ASEAN Member States are in Manila for a three-day workshop on heightening public awareness of biodiversity issues and concerns. The ASEAN Biodiversity Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Workshop is being conducted from November 24 to 26 at the Legend Villas in Mandaluyong City. The opening program was addressed by Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, executive director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau of […]

Philippines to host forum on Asean PPP guidelines

The Philippines will be hosting the first ASEAN Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Networking Forum in Manila this December 2014. The forum will bring together members of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC), national coordinators, PPP focal points and officials responsible for infrastructure projects from the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS). It is being organized by the Philippine Permanent Mission to ASEAN, led by Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, with support from the ACCC, the ASEAN Economic Community […]

Philippines to host ASEAN Public-Private Partnership Networking Forum in December

  The Philippines will host the ASEAN Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Networking Forum in Manila in December 2014.President Benigno Aquino III made the announcement to fellow ASEAN leaders and top business officials during the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) dialogue, which was part of the recently-concluded 25th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.“The forum will take stock of the outcomes of recent PPP initiatives in ASEAN and will serve as an avenue for exploring the […]

China offers ASEAN friendship, loans as South China Sea tension bubbles

(Reuters) — China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a friendship treaty with Southeast Asian countries and offered $20 billion in loans on Thursday (November 13) but held firm on the line that Beijing will only settle South China Sea disputes directly with other claimants. China, Taiwan and four members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have competing claims in the sea where concern is growing of an escalation in disputes. “We are willing, on the basis of unanimous agreement, to soon reach an […]

Aquino says country’s interest successfully brought up in APEC, ASEAN Summits

SAYING his recent trips had been “successful,” President Aquino arrived in Manila Friday morning after attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Beijing, China, and the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.The President arrived at exactly 3:47 a.m. on board Philippine Airlines Flight PR001.In his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, the President said that the holding of the two forums […]

Aquino calls on ASEAN leaders to step up efforts on climate change

(Eagle News Service) — Saying that “natural disasters do not recognize national boundaries,” President Aquino has called on fellow ASEAN leaders to step up efforts in addressing climate change.Aquino made the pronouncement during his intervention at the 2nd ASEAN-US Summit, which is part of the 25th ASEAN Summit held at the Myanmar International Center on Thursday.Before ASEAN leaders and US President Barack Obama, President Aquino underscored the massive effect of climate change to the Philippines, […]

President Aquino asks ASEAN dialogue partners for support in resolving sea row

PRESIDENT Aquino stressed the need for  dialogue partners of member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help resolve the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.The President made this pronouncement during his intervention at the 2nd ASEAN-US Summit held at the Myanmar International Convention Center 1 here on Thursday.The summit was attended by US President Barack Obama and other leaders of ASEAN member states, among them Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, […]

ASEAN integration to push Phl academic institutions to become more globally-competitive

(Eagle News Service) — The following is a transcript of part two of the ASEAN IN FOCUS interview  (aired on Oct. 30, 2014) with University of the Philippines Vice-President for Public Affairs Dr. Prospero de Vera. In this interview, De Vera continues to tackle the preparedness of the country’s academic institutions for the ASEAN integration. This series and the program ASEAN IN FOCUS of NET 25 (Monday  to Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with replays […]