2017 Aug 04
August 4, 2017

Asean @ 50: The way forward

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I am reprinting my opening remarks yesterday: “As the theme of the conference suggests, ASEAN is celebrating its 50 years of existence this year, even while it contemplates its future. From its humble beginnings with modest aspirations, it is not an exaggeration to say that ASEAN, as a collectivity, has risen as a middle power.. read more →

A welder work at a mechanical workshop. Ministers of labour from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Việt Nam agreed to boost safe migration workers among countries in a conference in Đà Nẵng.VNS Photo Công Thành ĐÀ NẴNG — Ministers of labour from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Việt Nam (CLMTV) –agreed to improve their migration.. read more →

DOHA, Qatar — Qatar, currently boycotted by four Arab states, on Wednesday created a new permanent residents status for certain groups of foreigners, including those who have worked for the benefit of the emirate. In a first for the Gulf, Qatar’s cabinet ministers approved the measures, the official QNA press agency reported, in a move.. read more →

New Delhi, India: Calling for collective action to protect and assist victims of human trafficking, senior government officials and experts from India, Bangladesh and Nepal emphasised the need to institutionalize a regional referral mechanism to boost joint efforts at a convening hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) South Asia and the.. read more →

The regional bloc’s unity and mettle have been put to the test over the last 5 decades MANILA, Philippines – Fifty years since it was founded, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come a long way. Beginning with 5 countries in 1967, ASEAN’s membership has doubled, and along with it comes opportunities for cooperation.. read more →