55th Anniversary ASEAN: SAC Chairman sends message on ASEAN Day

8 August 2022
2022-08-08 14:59

Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing sent a message on the occasion of the 55thAnniversary of ASEAN which falls on 8 August.

The Senior General extended his warmest greetings and best wishes to the fellow citizens and to the peoples of the ASEAN Member States. He said the commemoration of ASEAN Day gives a timely opportunity to reflect on the achievements of ASEAN over the past 55 years in building a politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible and truly people-oriented, people-centred community.

Over the years, the ASEAN has built together a Community which has experienced economic development, social progress raising the living standards and well-being for our peoples.

Today, ASEAN has made significant progress to become the third largest economy in Asia and the sixth largest in the world.

Despite attaining significant achievements in many areas, ASEAN is facing persisting and emerging regional and global challenges ranging from traditional to non-traditional issues such as trans-national crimes, illicit drug trafficking, trafficking-in-persons, terrorism, cyber security, climate change, emerging infectious diseases, food and energy security.

In this regard, it is most befitting and relevant that Cambodia as the Chair of ASEAN in 2022 has selected “ASEAN A.C.T.: Addressing Challenges Together” as a theme for this year.

The ASEAN spirit of “Togetherness” guides to make further progress towards a more harmonious, peaceful, prosperous and resilient Community as a united family of ten members. 

Due to the collective efforts and resilience, ASEAN has been able to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and associated socio-economic impacts through concrete measures such as implementing the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework, the ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement Framework and the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases for an expeditious, comprehensive and sustainable recovery in the region.

There is no doubt that key enablers such as the mutual respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, equality and non-interference, along with the consensus-based approach not only bind all ASEAN Member States as a strong family of “Unity in Diversity” but also bring about many fruitful benefits to our peoples in the region.

In realizing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and regional integration commitments, it is essential for all ASEAN Member States to enhance ASEAN identity and raise ASEAN awareness while strengthening more inclusive human resource development, empowering women and youth as well as promoting people-to-people bonds across the region.

Since her admittance to the Association’s membership on 23 July 1997, Myanmar has proven to be a responsible, proactive and constructive member of ASEAN, and a strong supporter of the ASEAN Community Building efforts.

Myanmar is committed to advancing the ASEAN Community building process and its key initiatives under the three ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025, including the Initiative for ASEAN Integration Work Plan IV (2021-2025) and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025.

While working closely with Cambodia as ASEAN Chair in 2022 and with all ASEAN Member States, Myanmar will continue to stand on the fundamental principles and norms enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) by promoting constructive cooperation with all ASEAN Member States and external partners including with our Dialogue Partners aiming to achieve the common goals for the benefit of all peoples in the region.

The Senior General encouraged all citizens to actively join in realizing ASEAN’s aspirations and in contributing to the advancement of community building efforts that will promote peace, stability and prosperity in our region and beyond.

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