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ASEAN DAY 

REMARKS BY H.E. AMBASSADOR SJAHRIL SABARUDDIN, CHAIRMAN OF ASEAN PRETORIA COMMITTEE
AT THE RECEPTION IN COMMEMORATION OF ASEAN DAY 2013 PRETORIA, 9 SEPTEMBER 2013
 
Your Excellency Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General, DIRCO,
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Your Excellency Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Bene M’Poko,
Your Excellencies Ambassador and High Commissioner present,
Excellencies Member of Diplomatic Corps, Our Fellow of the South African Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
With a deep feeling of gratitude to the Almighty Lord, for his generosity, on this day, we have been granted this opportunity to gather here at the reception of the 46th years of ASEAN, my colleagues, ASEAN Head of Mission and myself, very glad to be here with all of you to commemorate this ASEAN Day. Each year, ASEAN Day provides us with an opportunity for reflection and greater actions.
Permit me also to greet you all, their Excellencies and friends, to say that your presence today demonstrates the close relations between our countries. It is my sincere hope that your presence today will serve momentum for greater future cooperation.
 
46 years after its inception, from a loose grouping, ASEAN is developing into a rules-based organization with its own Charter and legal personality. As we know that ASEAN was founded in 1967 when the Bangkok Declaration signed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand as its Founding Fathers. Later, Brunei Darussalam joined in 1984, Viet Nam in 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar in 1997, and finally, Cambodia in 1999. They made up what is today's ten Member States of ASEAN, united in delivering the aims and purposes of ASEAN to, among others, accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region. Obviously, in the past 46 years, ASEAN made tremendous contribution to our region. I agree and I am sure all of you would also agree, that ASEAN’s contribution as well has extended beyond our own region of Southeast Asia. In other words, beyond to Asia Pacific and to East Asia in general.
ASEAN Member States have adopted the fundamental principles contained in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) of 1976. At the 9th ASEAN Summit in 2003, the ASEAN Leaders resolved that an ASEAN Community shall be established. The ASEAN Community is comprised of three pillars, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, each with its own Blueprint to form an ASEAN Community by 2015.
 
Through our perseverance and commitment, we are strengthening our affinity and becoming a real family of nations in an ASEAN Community. As any family would, ASEAN has had its share of internal and external challenges. In spite of these, ASEAN has been able to demonstrate the strength and resilience that lie at our core. Our unshakeable faith and belief in ASEAN made us more united in the face of these challenges.
It is appropriate that the theme for ASEAN this year highlights “Our People, Our Future Together”. At its essence, ASEAN is really about the ASEAN peoples building a Community and a future together. ASEAN Day reminds us of the dream that we are now turning into reality.
As we raise the ASEAN flag in all ten Member States and in all the countries where we nurture relations and making our presence felt -- not only are we celebrating the past, not only are we reveling on the gains and achievements of the present -- we are also asserting ASEAN to the rest of the world, staking a claim of a bright and prosperous future for our peoples.
 
Excellencies, dear colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today’s commemoration, is a demonstration of our commitment to ASEAN’s success; Having this in mind, we identify some main priorities over which we have to exert extra efforts, among others are to ensure the attainment of concrete progress in realizing the ASEAN community, to maintain the order and condition in the region favourable for the achievement of development objectives, and to ensure successful discussion on the urgent need for a “post 2015 ASEAN” vision, namely the role ASEAN Community in a global community of nations. This means that God willing, by the time we achieve an ASEAN Community in 2015, we are well equiped in elevating ASEAN’s role to meet the global challenges ahead of us. Delicate challenges for our future generation
We will work hard to achieve those three priorities, based on the premise that all our endeavours will be of people-centred charateristic. All societies in ASEAN must be engaged, in order to develop sens of ownership and strong will to participate. Our people will be central and they will benefit the most from our initiative.
 
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
This year, together we have made meaningful progress in the midst of rapid changes in our regional architecture. However, there remains a lot that we have to do and work on together. We must make sure that the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity can be implemented effectively.
This hopes to create an ASEAN connectivity masterplan that consists of sectoral body plans in transport infrastructure, information and communications technology, energy power grids and tourism. Once it is implemented, ASEAN Connectivity will bridge our nation to our neighbors, shorten transfer distances and open more economic opportunities for more people.
 
Furthermore, In the dynamic ASEAN region, in order to elevate the living standard and the people's prosperity, we still have to do a lot of things. We have to work hard to empowering and enhancing small and medium entreprises. We have to further develop intra-ASEAN trade, investment and tourism. And we have to further enhance our cooperation with ASEAN dialogue partners for better benefits.
We need to launch more endeavour to promote people-to-people interaction, It is part of our effort to make ASEAN as an organization that is people-oriented and people-centered. That is our goal. That is our hope. A new hope for the ASEAN Community.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Before concluding this speech, On behalf of my Colleagues, Head of ASEAN Mission in Pretoria, I have to convey my gratitude and pride, from this time onward, more and more countries want to enhance their relations and cooperation with ASEAN. This emphasizes that ASEAN has gained more recognition as one of the successful regional organizations in the world. We have gained valuable experience and learned a lot of lessons in the last forty six years of our cooperation. Therefore, there are actually a lot of things that we can offer to other regions and nations outside of our region.
 
Currently, the eyes of the world are directed towards ASEAN, where we grow, develop, and advance together. This reality has to become our inspiration to work even harder; to attain ASEAN Community in 2015, and make the partnership between us more contributive in resolving global issues.
Therefore, I truly hope that this ASEAN Day can become a bridge towards the success that we all wish for.

Thank you.
Wassalamu'alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabakatuh
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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