WORKING VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA, DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK TO NEW DELHI, INDIA 25-26 JANUARY 2018

WORKING VISIT OF

THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA

DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK

TO NEW DELHI, INDIA

25-26 JANUARY 2018

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak will be undertaking a working visit to New Delhi, India from 25 to 26 January 2018 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Hon. Narendra Modi to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife, Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor; Minister of Health and President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) party, Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam;Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed; and senior government officials.

The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit will be held in conjunction with the 25thanniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue relations with the theme of “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. The Summit will also serve as a platform for the ASEAN Member States and India to reflect the achievements of ASEAN-India dialogue relations over the past 25 years as well as to chart the future direction of the strategic partnership. In addition, it will serve as an ideal setting for the Leaders to engage in both formal and informal exchanges particulary on ASEAN-India cooperation as well as regional and international issues.

During the Commemorative Summit, the Leaders are expected to adopt the Delhi Declaration. The Declaration would strengthen the ASEAN-India cooperation and collaboration in all areas, especially on combatting terrorism, regional connectivity and business ties as well as deepening the people-to-people interactions for regional peace, stability and prosperity.

The Prime Minister along with other ASEAN Leaders are also scheduled to attend the 69thRepublic Day of India on 26 January 2018 as Guests of Honour.

During the visit, the Prime Minister is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues of mutual concern.

PUTRAJAYA

24 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN DAY: 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 14 AUGUST 2017, KUALA LUMPUR

ASEAN DAY: 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

14 AUGUST 2017, KUALA LUMPUR

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia will be organizing the national level ASEAN Day: 50th Anniversary Celebration on 14 August 2017 at Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.

The event will be officiated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul RazakThe Deputy Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, as well as several other Ministers are also expected to be present at the event. The event will also involve several Senior Government officials, the Heads of Mission from ASEAN Member States and ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners based in Kuala Lumpur, members of the academia, think tanks, civil society organisations, university students, schoolchildren and the general public.

In commemorating the golden jubilee, the ASEAN Day: 50th Anniversary Celebration aims at promoting greater awareness of ASEAN, enhance public understanding and instil a deeper sense of belonging among the citizens of Malaysia.

In this regard, the Centre Court of Suria KLCC will be filled with fun, and educational activities which are open to the public. Among the activities planned are a panel discussion on ASEAN, a talk on tips travelling abroad, a consular booth, interactive sessions and quizzes for children as well as cultural performances from the National Department for Culture and Arts. ASEAN embassies in Kuala Lumpur are also expected to participate in the ASEAN Day: 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is proud to collaborate with various partners in making this event a success, including the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Pos Malaysia, and Suria KLCC, in promoting and creating awareness about ASEAN at the national level.

PUTRAJAYA

12 August 2017

ASEAN MARKS 40 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP WITH CANADA

ASEAN MARKS 40 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP WITH CANADA

 

6 March 2017 - The Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) conveys its warmest greetings to the Government and people of Canada on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Canada Dialogue relations.

Since the first formal meeting of ASEAN Director-General and Canada Senior Officials on Economic Cooperation held in Manila on 3-4 February 1977, ASEAN-Canada relations have developed in all three ASEAN Community pillars. Canada has demonstrated active engagement in the Southeast Asian region, including through ASEAN's mechanisms such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The Joint Declaration on the ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership adopted in 2009 frames current engagement in a comprehensive, action-oriented and forward looking manner alongside a Plan of Action for 2016-2020 that guides concrete cooperation between both sides.

Both ASEAN and Canada have been committed to addressing common traditional and non-traditional challenges, upholding international law, and maintaining peace and security in the region. ASEAN values Canada's commitments and interests in further strengthening relations with ASEAN as well as its continued support for ASEAN Centrality and community building efforts.

Economic links between ASEAN and Canada exhibit a steady, positive trajectory. Two-way trade continues to expand, while Canadian direct investment in ASEAN exceeds that in some neighbouring economies. ASEAN lauds the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) for channeling private sector attention to business and investment opportunities in ASEAN's ten member states.

While fostering economic integration for mutual benefit and prosperity, ASEAN-Canada socio-cultural engagement continues to grow. Canadian funds support the implementation of various initiatives on disaster management, climate change, health and pandemics, education, youth, culture and people-to-peopleexchange as well as human rights of migrant workers, women and children.

This 40th anniversary coincides with the 50th anniversary of ASEAN's establishment, which is a testament to the long-standing relations between ASEAN and Canada. We recognise Canada's diplomatic presence in all ASEAN Member States as a demonstration of its commitment to the region.

In the course of 2017, ASEAN welcomes commemorative activities to celebrate 40 years of flourishing relations with Canada and the successful convening of the 14th ASEAN-Canada Dialogue to be held in Ottawa in May 2017. We are confident that in years to come Canada will continue to be a reliable and constructive partner both in supporting the ASEAN-centred regional architecture in the Asia-Pacific, and realizing ASEAN's Community Vision 2025 and its Blueprints.

ASEAN look forward to exploring new opportunities for future cooperation with Canada to realize the full potential of our partnership and further contribute to peace, stability, prosperity and sustainable development in the ASEAN region.

 

 

SPEECH BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF ASEAN MALAYSIA NATIONAL SECRETARIAT AT THE ASEAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS (AIFFA) LAUNCH ON 17 MARCH 2017 AT SELANGOR

SPEECH BY

AMBASSADOR JOJIE SAMUEL

DIRECTOR-GENERAL, ASEAN-MALAYSIA NATIONAL SECRETARIAT (AMNS)

AT THE ASEAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS

(AIFFA) LAUNCH

TAYLORS UNIVERSITY LAKESIDE, SELANGOR

17 MARCH 2017

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Yang Berhormat Datuk Lee Kim Shin

Assistant Minister for Tourism Sarawak

Yang Berbahagia Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman

Director-General, Information Department Malaysia

Tuan Azmir Saifuddin Mutalib

Deputy Director-General, Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional Malaysia (FINAS)

Professor Michael Driscoll

Vice Chancellor and President, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus

Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba

Deputy President, Film Producers Association Malaysia

Mr. Jaffri Amin

AIFFA Executive Director

Ms. Livan Tajang

AIFFA Festival Director

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Good Morning and Salam Sejahtera,

It gives me great pleasure to be with you here today. Let me express my appreciation to AIFFA 2017 for inviting me here today to the launch of the ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards 2017.

As you know, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN since its establishment in 1967. Over five decades of existence, there have been many milestones along the way.

One of the many notable milestones is the establishment of ASEAN Community in 2015 which is very significant as it signals to the rest of the world how far and how well we have achieved in coming together as one community.

ASEAN Community will bring new opportunities to the people of ASEAN and the broader global community. These include continued peace, stability and harmony in the region that will allow our people to pursue their dreams.

 

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

With ASEAN’s efforts to fostering a sense of belonging and ASEAN identity among our peoples, film is seen as a powerful medium to realise these goals. Film will break down unforeseen barriers and unite people from diverse cultures.

With a collective population of 630 million, being the seventh largest economy in the world, youthful demographics and a steadily expanding middle-class, ASEAN is set to become a hotspot for film-goers and filmmakers.

I believe AIFFA 2017 will offer a diverse range of film choices from the region. It will become a window for people inside and outside of the region to understand ASEAN and its peoples, and as an important platform to enhance the cultural exchange and cooperation between the ASEAN Member States.

 

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

This year, as ASEAN celebrates its golden jubilee of establishment, it is a moment for both reflection and creation. The situation in the region at the time of ASEAN’s founding has totally changed today. ASEAN is facing altogether a different set of ever-evolving challenges which must be addressed to ensure ASEAN’s effectiveness and perpetuity.

With the power and influence of films, they become very accessible educational tools to inform ASEAN Member States communities about the diverse ASEAN religions, cultures, traditions and values, while building the sense of “belongingness” to come up with a “collective identity” that will make the individual members of the community proud to be an ASEAN person.

ASEAN films are well positioned to bring to the peoples the awareness and understanding of the very ASEAN Community we are building, not only its opportunities to seize but also its challenges to overcome as this will, in turn, encourage them to engage and participate in our mutual efforts. In line with the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on a People-Oriented, People-Centred ASEAN Community, ASEAN has been undertaking various initiatives to bring ASEAN closer to the peoples.

I am confident that AIFFA 2017 will not only raise public awareness of the diverse cultures of ASEAN, it will also help facilitate cooperation between the film industries within the region. I wish to commend the organisers of the AIFFA 2017 for furthering the art and craft of ASEAN filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers and all artistes.

I wish AIFFA 2017 all the success and I hope that you will all enjoy the Film Festival that will run from 4th to 6th of May 2017.  

 

Thank you.

ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ RETREAT (AMM RETREAT) BORACAY, PHILIPPINES 20-21 FEBRUARY 2017

YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia will lead the Malaysian delegation to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Boracay, Philippines on 20 and 21 February 2017. He will be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to ASEAN. The AMM Retreat will be preceded by several important meetings namely, Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) on 19 February 2017 and followed by the ASEAN Senior Officals’ Meeting (SOM) on 20 February 2017. Philippines is the Chairman of ASEAN for 2017.

The AMM Retreat will involve the participation of Foreign Ministers, Senior Officials of ASEAN Member States, the Secretary-General of ASEAN and Permanent Representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

The AMM Retreat will provide the opportunity for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers to discuss ASEAN’s external relations and to follow-up the implementation of decisions made by ASEAN in previous Summits. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers will also exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern as well as means to enhance ASEAN relations with its dialogue partners.

This is the first meeting where the Philippines will elaborate its priorities of its Chairmanship of ASEAN 2017 with the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”. This is an important meeting which would shape ASEAN’s strategy in community building efforts as well as to discuss ways to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN.

PUTRAJAYA

19 FEBRUARY 2017

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