ASEAN IN FOCUS

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 […]

Filipina first to receive ASEAN Woman Leader Award

(Eagle News Service) —  A Filipina brought honor to the country recently when she bagged the first ASEAN woman leader award in Myanmar, at the start of the ASEAN Summit. Ms. Sandra Sanchez-Montano from the Philippines is the first-ever ASEAN Woman Leader Awardee in the recent ASEAN Business Awards (ABA 2014) held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Her award was presented during the GALA Dinner of the ASEAN BUSINESS & INVESTMENT SUMMIT (ABIS) and witnessed […]

ASEAN Launches Communication Master Plan

As ASEAN moves towards the realization of the ASEAN Community in 2015, its Foreign Ministers on Tuesday (Nov. 11) launched the ASEAN Communication Master Plan (ACMP) before high-level officials gathered in the Myanmar capital for the ASEAN Summit Wednesday, Nov. 12. The ACMP provides ASEAN stakeholders with a framework to communicate about the opportunities offered by the ASEAN Community within the region and globally. “With the theme of “ASEAN: A Community of Opportunities,” the ACMP […]

More foreign direct investments going into ASEAN

(Eagle News Service) — More foreign direct investments are continuing to rise in the ASEAN region, with inflows exceeding $122 billion in 2013. This was according to the latest ASEAN Investment Report (2013-2014) which was recently launched during the 4th ASEAN Investment Forum (AIF).  The ASEAN Investment Report 2013-2014 was jointly launched by the ASEAN and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).l It highlights the continuing rise of foreign direct investment (FDI) […]

ASEAN a perennial quiet achiever

Author: Rodolfo Severino, ISEAS (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — On 12 November 2014, ASEAN leaders will gather in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s new capital, for their twice-yearly summit. High on the ASEAN agenda for this November’s summit is, of course, the South China Sea. Failure to achieve consensus on the subject in the 2012 ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (the annual formal and regular meeting of the association’s foreign ministers) under the Cambodian foreign minister’s chairmanship caused the non-issuance of […]

Aquino pushes economic policy changes to “level the playing field” in preparation for ASEAN integration

  MANILA, Philippines  (Eagle News Serivice) — President Aquino stressed the importance of achieving competitiveness for the country, especially as Southeast Asian countries begin to integrate economically. He said this during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Chief Executive Officers’ Summit in Beijing, China Sunday. The President said achieving competitiveness means making changes in the country’s policies and guidelines, to  “level the playing field” for businesses, as well as to correct the interventions between the ways and means […]