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The ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat (AMNS) mainly coordinates and streamlines national efforts to enhance regional cooperation within the ASEAN framework at the national level.


AMNS is divided into four divisions headed by a Director General. These divisions are responsible in handling the three pillars which are the ASEAN Political-Security Community Division (APSCD), ASEAN Economic Community Division (AECD), ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Division (ASCCD).

As the National Secretariat of ASEAN for Malaysia, the AMNS shall:

  1. Serve as the national focal point;
  1. Be the repository of information on all ASEAN matters at the national level;
  1. Coordinate the implementation of ASEAN decisions at the national level;
  1. Coordinate and support the national preparations of ASEAN meetings;
  1. Promote ASEAN identity and awareness at the national level; and
  1. Contribute to ASEAN community building.


  1. To provide, promote, implement and enforce the programme and activities of ASEAN;
  1. To strengthen cooperation between Malaysia and other ASEAN Member States and Sectoral Dialogue Partners;
  1. To facilitate relations between Malaysia and the National Secretariat of ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat; and
  1. To give full commitment and support to all the officials of other departments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to provide excellent and efficient services to the Ministry and other agencies to protect and advance the interests of Malaysia in ASEAN.



  1. To protect, promote and advance Malaysia’s and ASEAN Member States interests.
  1. To facilitate the hosting of ASEAN Summits and Related Summits, meetings, conferences and seminars related to ASEAN, when it is the turn of Malaysia to be the Chair of ASEAN.
  1. To represent Malaysia at ASEAN Summits and meetings at the level of Heads of Government / Ministers and officials at the formal and informal levels, including with the ASEAN Dialogue Partners, the ASEAN Plus Three process and other external relations.
  1. To coordinate and liaise with other ministries and agencies on matters pertaining to ASEAN cooperation.






ASEAN is the cornerstone of Malaysian foreign policy. It is both of geo-political significance and economic relevance to Malaysia and also to the nations within this region. Its renunciation of the use of force and promotion of peaceful settlement of disputes has been the foundation to its peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

To adapt itself to a changing regional landscape and future challenges, ASEAN came out with the ASEAN Charter. With the Charter, ASEAN will undergo transformational changes to become a rules-based organisation with legal personality. It reiterates the common principles which bind all 10 ASEAN Member States i.e. rule of law, good governance, principles of democracy and constitutional government; shared commitment and collective responsibility in enhancing regional peace, security and prosperity; and enhanced consultations on matters affecting the common interest of ASEAN.

During Malaysia's chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015, the ASEAN Leaders signed the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the ASEAN Community, as well as the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together on 22 November 2015 during the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur.The two declarations were the result of ASEAN’s collective resolve to further integrate ASEAN’s three community pillars – ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

While the crux of the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the ASEAN Community is to commemorate the establishment of an ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015, the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together outlines the general framework to sustain the momentum of regional integration and contribute towards further strengthening the ASEAN Community building efforts for the next 10 years (2016-2025).


ASEAN is determined to accelerate the full implementation of the ASEAN Community’s programme areas, measures and principles, with appropriate flexibility and at the same time recognise the importance for ASEAN Member States to adopt a balanced approach towards achieving all three pillars of the ASEAN Community.

The ASEAN Community is characterized by greater political and security interaction and engagement, a single market and production base, with free flow of goods, services, capital investment and skilled labour and a caring society, focusing on social development, education and human resources development, public health, culture and information, and environmental protection.

The focus for the ASEAN Community over the next decade (2015-2025) will be guided by but not limited to the following broad goals that will further consolidate and strengthen the regional grouping:

  • Greater emphasis on the peoples of ASEAN and their well-being;
  • Enhance awareness of ASEAN and its Vision of a politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible Community;
  • Engage all nationals of ASEAN Member States through effective and innovative platforms to promote commitment and identification with ASEAN policies and regional interests;
  • Ensure fundamental freedoms, human rights and better lives for all ASEAN peoples;
  • Strengthen capacity to deal with existing and emerging challenges while maintaining ASEAN centrality;
  • An outward-looking and global player;
  • Implement the ASEAN agenda while pursuing national aspirations which contribute to ASEAN Community building; and
  • Strengthen ASEAN Organs and the ASEAN Secretariat.

ASEAN 2025 consists of specific action lines and strategic measures to realise the targets identified. The key aspirations across the three pillars are:

Political-Security Community:

  • A rules-based, people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN in a region of peace, stability and prosperity;
  • A consolidated ASEAN Community;
  • A dynamic, resilient and harmonious community able to effectively respond to social and economic vulnerabilities and other non-traditional security threats;
  • A Community that can respond effectively to challenges affecting ASEAN from within and beyond the region;
  • A Community that steadfastly maintains ASEAN centrality in regional mechanisms;
  • Strengthened ASEAN unity and cohesiveness to protect its leading and central role in dealing with matters of common concern; and
  • Enhanced dialogue and cooperation with ASEAN external partners for mutual benefit and interest.

Economic Community:

  • A well-integrated and connected economy within the global economic system;
  • A business-friendly, trade-facilitative, market driven and predictable environment which inspires investor confidence;
  • A region with a key role in global value chains and increasing participation in high value added and knowledge-based activities;
  • A competitive and dynamic region that inspires innovation and where businesses of all sizes thrive, and where consumers’ rights are protected;
  • A community where the benefits from economic integration are equitably shared among and within ASEAN Member States, including with micro, small and medium enterprises, youth, and women entrepreneurs; and
  • A connected region where improvements in transport linkages and infrastructure help peoples and businesses move efficiently and work more productively across borders, expand market reach and strategically source goods and services.

Socio-Cultural Community:

  • An inclusive Community that is people-oriented, people-centred and promotes a high quality of life and equitable access to opportunities for all, and engages relevant stakeholders in ASEAN processes;
  • A sustainable Community that promotes social development and environmental protection through effective mechanisms to meet current and future needs of the peoples;
  • A resilient Community with enhanced capacity to continuously respond and adapt to current challenges and emerging threats; and
  • A dynamic, open, creative and adaptive Community with an ASEAN identity reflecting the region’s collective personality, norms, values and beliefs as well as aspirations as one ASEAN Community.


As a founding member of ASEAN, the foreign policy of Malaysia continues to emphasise on the relevance and importance of ASEAN as the forum and catalyst for regional dialogue. ASEAN Dialogue Partnerships, ASEAN Regional Forum, ASEAN Plus Three and East Asia Summit have allowed its members to engage leading powers on issues of global and regional importance.

Pursuant to making ASEAN a more effective, closely integrated, rules-based, and people-oriented regional organisation, ASEAN Member States decided to formulate an ASEAN Charter which they eventually signed at the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore. The ASEAN Charter will put in place a new legal and institutional framework for ASEAN to improve its implementation, coordination, and decision making process. The Charter has come into force on 15th December 2008.



In its foreign policy strategy, Malaysia will continue to actively reaffirm its commitment and work within ASEAN to achieve peace, security and prosperity in the region. Malaysia will also continue to work together with fellow ASEAN Member States on ASEAN Community building efforts, particularly after the historic establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015. On a broader scale, ASEAN will encourage closer relations with other regional groupings on issues of common concerns and mutual benefits.




Press Release by the Chairman of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) Boracay, Philippines, 21 February 2017

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Press Release by the Chairman of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) 
Boracay, Philippines, 21 February 2017

I chaired the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat today in Boracay. The Retreat is the first gathering of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers under the Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017 with the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”

During the Retreat, the Ministers discussed the way forward for ASEAN Community building, including the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, especially the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint, and strengthening of ASEAN’s external relations and maintaining ASEAN centrality in the evolving regional architecture.

The Ministers discussed the six priorities of ASEAN for 2017, namely, (1) People-oriented and people-centred ASEAN, (2) peace and stability in the region, (3) maritime security and cooperation, (4) inclusive, innovation-led growth, (5) ASEAN’s resiliency, and (6) ASEAN: a model of regionalism, a global player.

The Ministers looked forward to the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN this year, commemorating five decades of cooperation and Community-building in ASEAN and emphasised the importance of continuing to promote initiatives that directly benefit the people of ASEAN, including the need to redouble efforts to increase intra-regional trade and further strengthen mechanisms for extending consular assistance to ASEAN nationals consistent with ASEAN’s goal for deeper regional integration, and the usefulness of tapping ASEAN think tanks to assist in charting the future direction of ASEAN.

The Ministers exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern and discussed ways of promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region and beyond. These issues include non-traditional security challenges such as terrorism, piracy and armed robbery at sea, cybersecurity, natural disasters, climate change, irregular migration, trafficking in persons and illicit drugs, maritime security and cooperation, and developments in various regions, including the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea, among others, as well as sustainable development.


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