ASEAN ambassadors in Qatar: ‘AEC on track’

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ASEAN ambassadors pose for a photo in Doha

ASEAN ambassadors to Qatar on August 7 marked the 46th anniversary of the founding day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Vietnamese embassy in Doha, saying that the ASEAN Economic Community is “on track” to be launched by 2015.

Qatar just recently has revealed plans to set up a special unit to nurture relations with the 10-member bloc, a move that underlines the Gulf country’s new Looking East policy aimed at fostering closer ties to Southeast Asia.

Singaporean ambassador Wong Kwok Pun said that ASEAN in the past “has focused and accomplished many things in resolving issues of member-countries through a disputes settlement mechanism” and has made “a lot of headway in the implementation of the ASEAN charter”.

“On the economic side, we have also taken big steps towards an integrated and sustained economic development in 2010, and with the entry into force of the ASEAN trade and goods agreement and signing of eight framework
agreement on services,” Pun added.

The organisation has also initiated the “ASEAN integration” that will allow countries and dialogue partners (such as the US, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, EU, Russia) and other regional groups to work together to narrowing the development gap between new and old ASEAN member-countries.

Philippine Ambassador Crescente Relacion expressed confidence that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be established as planned by the end of 2015. By then, ASEAN plans to become a free market zone benefiting all the member-countries.

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ASEAN ambassadors pose for a photo in Doha

ASEAN ambassadors to Qatar on August 7 marked the 46th anniversary of the founding day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Vietnamese embassy in Doha, saying that the ASEAN Economic Community is “on track” to be launched by 2015.

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Ambassadors
ASEAN ambassadors pose for a photo in Doha

ASEAN ambassadors to Qatar on August 7 marked the 46th anniversary of the founding day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Vietnamese embassy in Doha, saying that the ASEAN Economic Community is “on track” to be launched by 2015.

Qatar just recently has revealed plans to set up a special unit to nurture relations with the 10-member bloc, a move that underlines the Gulf country’s new Looking East policy aimed at fostering closer ties to Southeast Asia.

Singaporean ambassador Wong Kwok Pun said that ASEAN in the past “has focused and accomplished many things in resolving issues of member-countries through a disputes settlement mechanism” and has made “a lot of headway in the implementation of the ASEAN charter”.

“On the economic side, we have also taken big steps towards an integrated and sustained economic development in 2010, and with the entry into force of the ASEAN trade and goods agreement and signing of eight framework
agreement on services,” Pun added.

The organisation has also initiated the “ASEAN integration” that will allow countries and dialogue partners (such as the US, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, EU, Russia) and other regional groups to work together to narrowing the development gap between new and old ASEAN member-countries.

Philippine Ambassador Crescente Relacion expressed confidence that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be established as planned by the end of 2015. By then, ASEAN plans to become a free market zone benefiting all the member-countries.

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