Bandar Seri Begawan, 10 Oct
President U Thein Sein attended the closing of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and the handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Myanmar held at the International Convention Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan of Brunei at 4.30 pm LST today.
Also present on the occasion were heads of ASEAN State/Government, ministers, invited guests and the ASEAN Secretary-General.
Welcome to Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2014, Myanmar
The year 2014 will be exciting year for Myanmar as Myanmar takes the rotating chair of ASEAN for the first time after joining ASEAN in 17 years. Political, economic and administrative reforms in Myanmar since 2011 have made it possible for Myanmar to play a more active role in regional and international affairs in accordance with its foreign policy objectives stipulated in the 2008 Constitution. Myanmar will faithfully implement the responsibilities of ASEAN Chair in accordance with the Article 31 and 32 of the ASEAN Charter.
Myanmar has set the theme for 2014 ASEAN Chair as “Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community”. The solidarity of ASEAN is the first and foremost ingredient for ASEAN to be credible in the world and to be fully integrated into a community. The ultimate goal of ASEAN is to reach to a peaceful and prosperous community where ASEAN will be outward looking, playing a leading role in emerging regional architecture and contributing to the healthy development of global community, people-centred, caring and socially responsible, economically dynamic, sustainable and resilient, maintaining peace, stability and harmony. Myanmar’s chairmanship of ASEAN aims to add value to these ASEAN objectives and dynamics.