Ratification ACTIPMalaysia deposited its instrument of ratification of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) with the ASEAN Secretariat today, 7 September 2017. Malaysia’s instrument of ratification was presented by H.E. Dato’ Shariffah Norhana Syed Mustaffa, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to ASEAN to H.E. Hirubalan V P, Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of ASEAN for Political-Security Community.

The Convention, which was signed by the ASEAN Leaders on 21 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, entered into force on 8 March 2017. This ratification signifies Malaysia's steadfast solidarity with its ASEAN neighbours and commitment to its international obligations on anti-trafficking in persons, especially women and children. 

Malaysia strongly believes that ASEAN’s collective application of this convention and related instruments will foster closer cooperation and collaboration among the Member States in the fight against trafficking.


Y.B. Dato' Sri Anifah Aman, the Foreign Minister today attended the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting (EAS-FMM). The ARF was held in retreat format while the EAS-FMM was held in plenary.

During the ARF retreat, the Foreign Ministers of the twenty-seven members of the forum exchanged views on security challenges faced by the region.  Emphasis was given on the development in the South China Sea, Middle East Peace Process and situation in the Korean Peninsula and Syria. The Ministers also discussed non-traditional security threats and challenges, such as natural disasters, terrorism, trafficking of illicit drugs, people smuggling, trafficking in persons, cyber security and piracy.

Y.B Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj. Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia made the intervention on the situation in the South China Sea. Y.B. Dato' Sri stressed that the issues should be managed through peaceful dialogue and negotiations in accordance with principles of international law, including 1982 United Nations Convention of Law of the Sea. Y.B. Dato’ Sri also expressed Malaysia's concern with the situation in Syria and Palestine. On non-traditional security issue, Y.B. Dato’ Sri called for greater coordination and collaboration among the ARF participants to increase preparedness and capacity to overcome the emerging cyber security threats.
During the plenary of the EAS-FMM, the Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the progress of cooperation in the EAS' six priority issues.  These are in the areas of finance, global pandemics, education, disaster management, energy and ASEAN Connectivity.  They acknowledged that significant progress has been made.  Many countries spoke of the specific initiatives that they have undertaken. Malaysia announced that Malaysia would be hosting the Fourth ASEAN Maritime Forum and Second Expanded Maritime Forum in September 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

In his intervention, Y.B. Dato' Sri said that the East Asia Summit has come a long way since it was first held in Kuala Lumpur in 2005. On security co-operation in the EAS, Y.B. Dato’ Sri emphasized that a rules-based approach to govern inter-state relations can encourage, promote and ensure transparency of intent and predictability in behavior, in a sustained manner. He emphasized that the 12 points in the Declaration on the Principles of Mutually Beneficial Relations adopted in Bali in 2011 clearly set out the areas of co-operation including security.

ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia




3 July 2013


We,the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in Washington D.C., USA on 4 May 2017 for a Special ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State.

We welcomed the positive progress made in ASEAN-U.S.Dialogue Relations, particularly with the elevation of relations to a strategic partnership at the 3rd ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Kuala Lumpur in November 2015 and the successful convening of the ASEAN-U.S.Special Leaders’ Summit in Sunnylands, California in February 2016. We reaffirmed the key principles that guide our cooperation, as outlined in the Joint Statement of the ASEAN-U.S.Special Leader’s Summit: Sunnylands Declaration.

We discussed ASEAN-U.S.relations and U.S.engagement of the region.We appreciated the commitments by the U.S. to ASEAN including supporting ASEAN Community building and regional integration efforts.We appreciated the U.S.’
respect and support for ASEAN Centrality and ASEAN-led mechanisms in the evolving regionalarchitectureoftheAsia-Pacific. We welcomed the visit by the Vice President of the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta in April 2017 as a testament to the importance of U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership. We also welcomed President Donald Trump’s commitment to attend the 5th ASEAN-U.S.Summit and 12th East Asia Summit (EAS) in the Philippines in November 2017 and the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Vietnam in November 2017.

We discussed the situation in the Korean Peninsula and expressed grave concern over the escalation of the tension. We strongly urge the DPRK to fully comply with its obligations arising from all relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and international laws.

We also discussed the issue of South China Sea and both sides underscored the importance of the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with the principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the law of the Sea(UNCLOS).We reiterated the principles previously agreed by our Leaders and we call for the early agreement on the framework and expeditious conclusion of a code of conduct in the South China Sea.

We commended our Senior Officials for convening the 30th ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue on 3 May 2017 in Washington D.C. The Dialogue deliberated on strategic issues of mutual concern as well as on ways to effectively implement the agreed areas of cooperation under the Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-U.S.Strategic Partnership (2016-2020).

We noted that 2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-U.S.dialogue relations. We lookf orward to working together with the U.S. to take ASEAN-U.S. cooperation to the next level. We noted the ongoing and planned commemorative activities by ASEAN Member States and the U.S. to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-U.S. dialogue relations.


Moving Forward Together in Implementing the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025

MANILA, 13 July 2017 – The Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 Initiative and Project Concepts Forum was held on 12-13 July 2017 in Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines, to discuss the development of MPAC 2025 projects and deliberate on challenges related to its implementation.

“This Forum is indeed timely as it would lay the foundations towards the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, through consultation and coordination with all concerned stakeholders on the development of MPAC 2025 projects”, said H.E. Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, the Chair of ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN.

“Inclusive implementation and synergies of each initiative of the MPAC 2025 are a key challenge for realising ASEAN Connectivity. We have already and potentially recognised the importance and benefit of ensuring connectivity. We, however, seem to be still struggling to find out how to better implement the MPAC 2025. I do expect and encourage all participants to share their knowledge and information with each other for better implementation”, said Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

The Forum participants shared their perspectives on the processes, outputs and intended outcomes of implementing the MPAC 2025 initiatives. They deliberated on the specific activities of each MPAC 2025 initiatives, delved into the respective project management and implementation arrangements, and highlighted the risks to implementation of MPAC 2025 projects.  The Forum also underscored the importance of leveraging on the expertise available, drawing on the synergies created by related initiatives, and harnessing the support of internal and external stakeholders to advance the implementation of MPAC 2025.

H.E. Elizabeth Jane Duke, Ambassador of Australia to ASEAN mentioned that, “Australia is proud to support the important work of the Connectivity Forum, in partnership with ASEAN, the Philippines Government and ERIA. The Forum was a key milestone for MPAC 2025, delivering concrete and practical project concepts for implementation. Successful implementation of MPAC 2025 will make a real difference to the people of ASEAN, promoting greater competitiveness, inclusiveness and genuine community building through a comprehensive approach to regional integration. Australia supported ASEAN in the development of MPAC 2025, and stands ready to help take its ambitious agenda forward into implementation.”

MPAC 2025 Forum was organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, with the assistance of the ASEAN Secretariat and the support of the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) and ERIA. The Forum brought together approximately 200 delegates comprising of ACCC, relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and implementing agencies, National Coordinators and National Focal Points for MPAC 2025, Dialogue Partners, and international organisations.


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