Brunei diplomat to become new ASEAN Secretary-General

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Lim Jock Hoi, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei, has been appointed as the next Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

The appointment was announced by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a speech to mark the start of Singapore’s chairmanship of the ten-nation bloc in 2018.

Lim Jock Hoi will take on his new role in January, replacing current ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh of Vietnam. Minh is wrapping up his five-year term at the end of this year.

Lim, who entered the Bruneian government in 1977, has been serving in governmental offices dealing with foreign affairs since 1989. He also engaged in multilateral affairs, participating in meetings and talks of the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and ASEAN as the Bruneian representative.

Media reports say Lim’s experience will help push forward negotiations on the ASEAN-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade pact that rivals the TPP and is set to conclude next year.

In running the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Lim will be responsible for overseeing a staff of about 300 and managing more than 1,000 ASEAN meetings each year.

The ASEAN secretary-general is appointed by the ASEAN summit for a non-renewable term of five years, selected from among the ASEAN member states based on alphabetical rotation.

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Lim Jock Hoi, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei, has been appointed as the next Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

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Lim Jock Hoi, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei, has been appointed as the next Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

The appointment was announced by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a speech to mark the start of Singapore’s chairmanship of the ten-nation bloc in 2018.

Lim Jock Hoi will take on his new role in January, replacing current ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh of Vietnam. Minh is wrapping up his five-year term at the end of this year.

Lim, who entered the Bruneian government in 1977, has been serving in governmental offices dealing with foreign affairs since 1989. He also engaged in multilateral affairs, participating in meetings and talks of the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and ASEAN as the Bruneian representative.

Media reports say Lim’s experience will help push forward negotiations on the ASEAN-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade pact that rivals the TPP and is set to conclude next year.

In running the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Lim will be responsible for overseeing a staff of about 300 and managing more than 1,000 ASEAN meetings each year.

The ASEAN secretary-general is appointed by the ASEAN summit for a non-renewable term of five years, selected from among the ASEAN member states based on alphabetical rotation.

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