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45th ASEAN Day Celebration

Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN are l-r Ambassador Myint Naung (Myanmar), High Commissioner Bernard Baker (Singapore), High Commissioner Kennedy Jawan (Malaysia), Ambassador Constancio Vingno (Philippines),  Chief Director Francis Moloi (DIRCO), Ambassador Manh Hung Nguyen (Vietnam), Ambassador Sjahril Sabaruddin (Indonesia) and Charges d’Affairs Surasak Suparat (Thailand)

23 August 2012, Philippine Embassy, Pretoria
Remarks by Ambassador Constancio Vingno of Philippines, Chairperson of ASEAN in South Africa
Your Excellency Chief Director Francis Moloi;
Your Excellencies the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of ASEAN Dialogue Partner Missions in South Africa;
Colleagues from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation;
Representatives of South African government, business and media;
Friends, ladies and gentlemen:
On behalf of my brother Ambassadors and High Commissioners that comprise the ASEAN Pretoria Committee, I welcome you to our celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Since its establishment in 1967 as a loose agglomeration of like-minded countries in a largely undeveloped part of Asia, ASEAN has grown into one of the world’s foremost regional blocs that has maintained peace in the region, greatly advanced cooperation among its peoples and has become a solid driver for growth and prosperity in the wider world.  Tonight, we pay tribute to ASEAN’s founding fathers and past leaders who had the foresight to put aside the myriad barriers to cooperation then present and forge an alliance that has withstood several challenges to become today a significant player in world affairs.
We likewise acknowledge the assistance and cooperation of our dialogue partners for their invaluable contributions to ASEAN growth.  We thank you for your involvement and friendship and look forward to stronger relations with you.
We also thank South Africa and the other countries within the wider Southern African region for their increasing engagement with ASEAN in various spheres of cooperation.  We hail the cooperation among the member-states of the Southern African Development Community – SADC – and envisage greater collaboration between it and ASEAN as Africa continues on its path of remarkable growth and development.
As ASEAN continues on its further development, we rely on the experience and maturity earned in our 45 years to maintain the environment of peace, stability and progress we enjoy today.  This gives us the faith to believe in the continued success of our Association in the years to come.
In closing, I would like to propose a toast: to the continued solidarity of ASEAN and its partners, may there be more years of unity and cooperation ahead.



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