ASEAN to Advance Peace and Reconciliation Initiatives

Speaking at a symposium on peace and reconciliation, Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, underlined the central role of ASEAN in these mechanisms and processes and how it actively engages partners from within and beyond the region. “Building and preserving peace has been a core value and major contribution by ASEAN to Southeast Asia,” said DSG Mochtan at the launch of the Symposium on Peace and Reconciliation: Principles and Best Practice. The symposium, co-organised by the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) and the Institute for Peace and Democracy, was held on 22 – 23 April 2014 in Nusa Dua, Bali. (Source: Zambo Times)

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ASEAN to Enhance Cross-border Consumer Protection

Enhancing cross-border enforcement of regulations on consumer protection was the main theme of a workshop held on April 24-25 in the Philippines on the margins of the 9 th ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP). The event served as a platform for ASEAN countries to exchange information, deliberate on issues of common concern, challenges and share best practices on handling cross-border consumer complaints, e-commerce cases and developing law enforcement sweeps. (Source: Vietnam Plus)

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Obama’s Meeting with YSEALI a Platform for ASEAN Young Leaders

More than 100 Asean young leaders will share their views and opinions with the United States (US) President Barack Obama in a "town hall" meeting, an informal public meeting, to be held at a local university, here tomorrow. The 103 participants of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), an initiative launched by Obama last December, will give the US president the opportunity to have a better understanding of the younger generation of the region.(Source: New Straits Times)

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ASEAN COMMUNITY: Collaborate for Better Gains

Political, legal and organisational complexities and regulatory burdens, as well as the lack of uniformed and harmonised trading rules among the ASEAN members, are hampering the progress of the 2007 ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint, which seeks to achieve regional economic integration next year. According to the " ASEAN Economic Community Scorecard 2012", only two-thirds (67.5 per cent) of the targets for an integrated economic region by next year have been met. This is unsurprising given the economic diversity and varying growth maturity in each of the member countries. We also often see that national and local priorities supersede regional initiatives, obscuring wider goals. On the micro level, there are many areas where solutions can be applied. Source: New Straits Times (opinion)

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