Member Countries
ASEAN Statistics
ASEAN Summits
Politics and Security
Economic Integration
Functional Cooperation
Transnational Issues
External Relations
ASEAN Projects
Press Room
Press Release
ASEAN Bulletin
Fact Sheet
Speeches and Papers

Save as Homepage

 Home | About This Site | Archive | Meetings and Events | Links | Contact Us | Jobs | Sitemap 
icon_printer icon_emailMail to Friend  
   << Previous page
ASEAN Bulletin
January 2007
  1. The 12th ASEAN Summit to be held in Cebu, the Philippines, on 10-15 January 2007
  2. 12th ASEAN Summit Officially Opens in Cebu, the Philippines, 13 January 2007
  3. ASEAN Leaders Sign Five Agreements at the 12th ASEAN Summit, Cebu, the Philippines, 13 January 2007
  4. ASEAN and China Enhance Cooperation in ICT, Cebu, the Philippines, 14 January 2007
  5. Australia Commits AUD 5 Million to Assist ASEAN Countries Fighting Infectious Diseases, 15 January 2007
  6. ASEAN Tourism Forum 2007


ASEAN Tourism Forum 2007

More than 1,600 participants from the tourism industry and government are expected at the upcoming ASEAN Tourism Forum that will be held from 26 January to 3 February 2007 in Singapore.

The annual forum, also known as ATF, is a cooperative regional effort to promote ASEAN as single tourist destination and strengthen cooperation among the various sectors of the ASEAN tourism industry. In projecting the region as an attractive, multifaceted single destination, ASEAN hopes to attract more tourists to its ten Member Countries and also promote intra-ASEAN travel.

The theme for ATF 2007 is “ASEAN: Embracing Our Past & Together Shaping Our Future”.

The ATF programme includes the meetings of the ASEAN Tourism Ministers and industry associations, the ASEAN Tourism Conference, and TRAVEX (a travel exchange).

The ASEAN National Tourism Organisations and Tourism Ministers will meet from 27-30 January 2007, ahead of the ASEAN Tourism Conference and TRAVEX, to review the progress of tourism development and formulate regional tourism policies to better develop and integrate ASEAN tourism. Also on the cards are discussions with their counterparts from China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Russian Federation to further tourism cooperation between ASEAN and these countries.

At the ASEAN Tourism Conference, travel industry participants will be exchanging ideas, reviewing industry developments and looking to formulate specific recommendations to further accelerate the growth of ASEAN tourism, particularly the youth travel market. TRAVEX, which facilitates the selling and buying of regional and individual tourism products, will begin on 1 February 2007 and industry participation has already reached capacity with all the 500 available booths snapped up by exhibitors from more than 50 countries.

Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among Member Countries. ATF 2007 marks the 26th anniversary of this event since its inauguration in Malaysia in 1981. Last year, ATF 2006 hosted more than 3,150 participants generating a total of USD 30 million of sales value.

For more information on ATF 2007, please click here.


Posted on 23 January 2007

Australia Commits AUD 5 Million to Assist ASEAN Countries Fighting Infectious Diseases
15 January 2007

Australia has committed AUD 5 million to help ASEAN Member Countries enhance their capacity and preparedness in fighting emerging infectious diseases that threaten the East Asian region, such as avian influenza. The announcement was made on 12 January 2007 by Australian Minister for Trade, Mr. Warren Truss, on behalf of Foreign Minister Alexander Downer ahead of the 2nd East Asia Summit in Cebu, the Philippines.

The AUD 5 million finance the second phase of the ASEAN Plus Three Emerging Infectious Diseases Progamme (EID) which aims to assist ASEAN Member Countries in developing a regional instrument to mobilise multi –national (ASEAN) outbreak response teams, and prepare activity proposals to address regional priorities.

The first phase of the EID programme, also supported by Australia, was implemented from August 2004 to October 2005. It helped ASEAN Member Countries establish strong working networks through focused workshops on disease outbreak and investigation, capacity-building for early warning and response systems, information sharing through a regional website as well as tele- and video-conferencing and staff exchanges.

The funding for the EID programme Phase 2 will be provided through the AUD 100 million that Australia has committed over four years to fight the threat of pandemics and other emerging infectious diseases in the region.

  • Click here for the media release


Posted on 15 January 2007


ASEAN and China Enhance Cooperation in ICT, Cebu, the Philippines
14 January 2007


Photo Courtesy of AFP
ASEAN Leaders with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao at the 10th ASEAN-China Summit

At the 10th ASEAN-China Summit, an agreement has been reached on a five-year plan of action (for the period of 2007-2012) to bolster cooperation in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The Plan of Action is the implementation of the Beijing Declaration on ASEAN-China ICT Cooperative Partnership for Common Development which was adopted in May 2005.

The Plan covers key programmes and strategic actions in the area of

ICT Infrastructure Development, Universal Service, Human Capacity Building, Network and Information Security, Trade and Investment Facilitation and Inter-governmental Dialogue and Exchange.

Some of the activities include the implementation of the ASEAN-China Superhighway Project, narrowing the digital divide, personnel training, development of pilot projects and establishing the ASEAN-China Network and Information Security Expert Group.


Posted on 14 January 2007


ASEAN Leaders Sign Five Agreements at the 12th ASEAN Summit, Cebu, the Philippines, 13 January 2007

Photo Courtesy of AFP
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hands over signed documents to ASEAN Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong

On the first day of the 12th ASEAN Summit, five Agreements have been signed by ASEAN leaders - reinforcing their commitment in the continuing integration of ASEAN and enhancing political, economic and social cooperation in the region.

The five agreements signed are:

  1. Cebu Declaration Towards a Caring and Sharing Community - which reiterates ASEAN’s commitment to accelerate cooperation to improve the quality of life for citizens in the ASEAN region.
  2. Cebu Declaration on the Blueprint for the ASEAN Charter - ASEAN leaders endorsed the Report of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on the ASEAN Charter and requested a task force to begin drafting the Charter.
  3. Cebu Declaration on the Acceleration of the Establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015 - which will advance the integration of the ASEAN Community five years ahead of the original plan.
  4. ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers – which will intensify ASEAN efforts to promote fair and appropriate employment protection for ASEAN migrant workers.
  5. ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism - aims at enhancing and deepening regional cooperation on counter terrorism activities.


Posted on 13 January 2007


12th ASEAN Summit Officially Opens in Cebu, the Philippines
13 January 2007

Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo opened the 12th ASEAN Summit on 13 January 2007 in Cebu City, highlighting the theme of “One Caring and Sharing Community”.

In the Opening Statement, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that ASEAN was committed on expanding its trade area and stood firm on the issue of North Korea. She hoped ASEAN would make progress on issues of energy independence, human rights, economic integration and social justice.

“We want to advance the sense of community in our shared interest to look after each other in terms of justice, economic development and common security", the President said.

Photo Courtesy of AFP

ASEAN leaders from left - Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen of Cambodia, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh of Lao PDR, Dato Seri Abdullah Bin Haji Ahmad Badawi of Malaysia, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Prime Minister Lt. Gen Soe Win of Myanmar, Thai Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Viet Nam.



Posted on 13 January 2007

The 12th ASEAN Summit to be held in Cebu, the Philippines, on 10-15 January 2007


Leaders of the ten ASEAN Member Countries have confirmed their attendance at the upcoming ASEAN Summit - which is scheduled to be held on the island of Cebu, in the Republic of the Philippines on 10-15 January. The six dialogue partners of ASEAN - Australia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, and New Zealand are also expected to attend the event. A number of agreements are expected to be signed during the six-day Summit and its related meetings to further bolster regional cooperation.

The President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will chair the 12th ASEAN Summit which has the theme "One Caring and Sharing Community." The meeting venues are located at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) and the Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa.

The ASEAN Summit was originally scheduled to take place from December 10 to 15 last year but was postponed due to the typhoon Seniang.

  • Click here for the Meetings schedule
  • Click here for the official website of the 12th ASEAN Summit



Posted on 10 January 2007



 Home | About This Site | Archive | Meetings and Events | Links | Contact Us | Jobs | Sitemap 
© Copyright 2007 ASEAN Secretariat. All rights reserved