Malaysia’s ASEAN chair in 2015 to be ‘challenging’

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malaysia-flagsMalaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015, when it takes over from Myanmar, will be both “challenging and interesting,” says the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin.

He said Malaysia has to lead in the process of getting ASEAN’s act together in respect of the goal to become a modern regional block, akin to the the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“I am optimistic that Malaysia will sail through the challenging year and contribute significantly towards the future direction of ASEAN and its bid to become the next regional giant,” he said, adding that “ASEAN will also enter a very interesting phase in 2015 as the year marks the end of the period for implementation of the action plans contained in the three blueprints on political security, economy and socio-culture.”

Hamzah noted that 2015 will be “a historic year” for Malaysia and ASEAN on several grounds.

“As the Chair, Malaysia has to find ways to make the necessary assessment or stock taking, on what Asean has achieved under the blueprints,” he said.

He added that Malaysia has to also find “creative and memorable ways” to commemorate the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community on December 31, 2015. This is apart from shouldering the responsibility in charting the post-2015 vision for ASEAN, which Hamzah described as an “immense task”.

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Malaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015, when it takes over from Myanmar, will be both “challenging and interesting,” says the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin.

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malaysia-flagsMalaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015, when it takes over from Myanmar, will be both “challenging and interesting,” says the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin.

He said Malaysia has to lead in the process of getting ASEAN’s act together in respect of the goal to become a modern regional block, akin to the the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“I am optimistic that Malaysia will sail through the challenging year and contribute significantly towards the future direction of ASEAN and its bid to become the next regional giant,” he said, adding that “ASEAN will also enter a very interesting phase in 2015 as the year marks the end of the period for implementation of the action plans contained in the three blueprints on political security, economy and socio-culture.”

Hamzah noted that 2015 will be “a historic year” for Malaysia and ASEAN on several grounds.

“As the Chair, Malaysia has to find ways to make the necessary assessment or stock taking, on what Asean has achieved under the blueprints,” he said.

He added that Malaysia has to also find “creative and memorable ways” to commemorate the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community on December 31, 2015. This is apart from shouldering the responsibility in charting the post-2015 vision for ASEAN, which Hamzah described as an “immense task”.

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