April 13, 2017

PH prepares to host 30th ASEAN Summit

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    Preparations are in full gear as the 30th ASEAN Summit nears its mark on April 26 – 29, 2017.

    Senior officials from the ASEAN member states convened in Manila last March 14 – 16 for the ASEAN Joint Consultative Meeting (JCM) and talked about preparations for the summit happening on April 26 – 29 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

    First row: ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Leaders; Second row: ASEAN Senior Economic Officials’ Meeting (SEOM) Leaders; Third row: Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (SOCA) Leaders; and Fourth row: Permanent Representatives to ASEAN

    The meeting also saw officials exchanging views on regional and global issues as well as taking up progress in building an ASEAN community. Also discussed during the JCM was the progress on building a Code of Conduct (COC) for the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea.

    Meanwhile, senior economic officials from the 10 member countries talked about ways to reduce development gap within the region, strengthen connection, and improve the efficiency of coordination between the community pillars: ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

    These pillars have been identified as the most crucial areas that need to be improved if the ASEAN community is to improve as a whole.

    EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC FROM APRIL 26 – 29 as the Philippines hosts the 30th ASEAN Summit at the PICC in Pasay City.

    As of April 4, the ASEAN and the Metro Manila Development Authority have already put out a traffic advisory regarding the summit. Rerouting will be implemented along the following roads in Pasay City:

    • W. Diokno Blvd.
    • Jalandoni V. Sotto
    • Bukaneg
    • Dela Rama

    Traffic may also be heavier than normal in Makati City due to disruptions along Pasay Road and Makati Avenue.

    This will be the first of two ASEAN Summits for 2017, with the second happening from November 10 – 14 at Clark Field in Pampanga.

    Images grabbed from ASEAN Information Center on Facebook, asean2017.ph, and ASEAN 2017 on Facebook

    Source: National News Bureau of Thailand, asean2017.ph, ASEAN 2017 on Facebook

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