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August
2019

The 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

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August
2019

The 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

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The 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

 

On 30-31 July 2019, H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand chaired the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) plenary session, starting the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ (AMM) / Post Ministerial Conferences (PMCs) and Related Meetings to be held during 30 July – 3 August 2019 in Bangkok.

The Meeting acknowledged the progress made in ASEAN based on Thailand’s Chairmanship theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” which gives high importance to promoting sustainability in all dimensions and efforts to achieve a people-centred ASEAN Community. The Ministers discussed the progress of implementation of initiatives agreed at the 34th ASEAN Summit, such as the “ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement on Partnership for Sustainability” and the “ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.” The Ministers thanked the Government of Indonesia for the new ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta where an official opening ceremony will be held on 8 August 2019.

The Ministers also discussed the challenges due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the need to advance ASEAN in the areas of digital economy, infrastructure development as well as projects to narrow the development gaps within ASEAN. They noted the ongoing situation on global trade and implications from disruptive technology, which prompt the need to increase the use of innovation, enhance regional economic integration, and strengthen cyber security.

The Ministers noted the increasing interest by external partners to intensify engagement with ASEAN. They exchanged views on regional and international issues, such as the situation in Rakhine State and efforts made towards the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year. They also noted the complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Ministers also agreed to have a Joint ASEAN Statement at the SDG Summit and the Climate Action Summit later in September this year.

The AMM was first held in 1967 and is currently held back-to-back with PMCs with Dialogue Partners and External Parties. The AMM/PMC is ASEAN’s largest event as having the highest number of meetings and participating countries. The 52nd AMM/PMC and Related Meetings are being attended by Foreign Ministers and representatives from more than 30 countries which includes Dialogue Partners, Sectoral Dialogue Partners, Development Partners and Guest of the Chair. ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners also discussed preparations for the 35th ASEAN Summit, which will be held later in November this year.

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The 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting