ASEAN Summit opens in Manila

MANILA — The 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings kicked off Wednesday here with the meeting of the region’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The meeting is attended by Permanent Representatives to ASEAN of the 10 member states and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Permanent Representatives to ASEAN are Brunei Darussalam’s Ambassador Hajah Faezah Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, Cambodia’s Amb. Norng Sakal, Indonesia’s Amb. Rahmat Pramono, Lao PDR’s Amb. Latsamy Keomany, Malaysia’s Amb. Shariffah Norhana Syed Mustaffa, Myanmar’s Amb. Min Lwin, the Philippines’ Amb. Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, Singapore’s Amb. Tan Hung Seng, Thailand’s Amb. Busadee Santipitaks, and Vietnam’s Amb. Nguyen Hoanh Nam.

The CPR meet is a closed-door meeting.

But, the Twitter account of the Department of Foreign Affairs said the CPR meeting focuses on the support of ASEAN Community Councils and ASEAN Ministerial Bodies, coordinating with ASEAN National Secretariats and other ASEAN Sectoral Ministerial Bodies, and working with ASEAN’s external partners on common projects, programs, and initiatives.

This meeting will be followed by drafting session until Thursday along with other preparatory meetings of Senior Officials of ASEAN and Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines—East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

The Philippines is this year’s host for ASEAN Summit.

With the theme of “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, the ASEAN Summit 2017 focuses on six thematic priorities including people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN; peace and stability in the region; maritime security and cooperation; inclusive, innovation-led growth; resiliency; and model of regionalism.

The 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings will conclude on Saturday, with ASEAN head of states coming to Manila. Kris Crismundo/