- The Philippines will hold chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017
- President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the chairmanship at the closing of the 2016 ASEAN summit in Laos
- The theme for the 2017 ASEAN summit will be “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”
The Philippines officially accepted the chairmanship of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith turned over the chairmanship to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the closing ceremony of the 28th and 29th ASEAN summits held at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos.
“The Philippines is ready and willing to see and guide the association, but crucial to the realization of our goals are cooperation and support from all the ASEAN member states and our dialogue partners,” Duterte said in his acceptance speech, as previously quoted by GMA News.
Duterte also highlighted the importance of making the ASEAN a model for regional cooperation and transforming it into a global player for the benefit of its peoples.
“We will pursue initiative and enhance cooperation with global partners to ensure that the ASEAN citizens live in peace, stability, security, and growth all while remaining ASEAN’s unity and solidarity we will maintain for all times,” he said.
In turning over the chairmanship, Lao Prime Minister Sisoulith extended his support to the Philippines.
“I trust that under the Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship in 2017, in addition to the meaningful celebration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, the ASEAN Community will continue to gain new achievements in order to turn the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 into reality with concrete outcomes. The Lao PDR will continue to extend its full support to the Philippines,” he said, as previously quoted by Rappler.
The chairmanship of the Philippines in 2017 would also mark the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN.
The theme for the 2017 ASEAN summit, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, is a nod to Duterte’s campaign motto. Meanwhile, the logo for the 50th year anniversary of the ASEAN was also revealed during the ceremony.