GMA urges com­mit­ment to Asean roadmap



THE As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) is poised to build on gains made since it started on the path to­wards in­te­gra­tion, for­mer Philippine Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo said on Tues­day, but the bloc should also re­main com­mit­ted to a 10-year roadmap un­veiled af­ter the Asean Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity (AEC) was de­clared two years ago.

“When we be­gan an eco­nomic com­mu­nity in 2015, we also crafted a vi­sion of Asean 2025, that is when we will be­come a com­mu­nity highly in­te­grated and co­he­sive, with en­hanced con­nec­tiv­ity, and cen­tral co­op­er­a­tion and a more re­silient, in­clu­sive, peo­ple­cen­tered com­mu­nity, in­te­grated in the global econ­omy,” Ar­royo said Busi­ness and In­vest­ments Sum­mit.

She warned of an “up­hill bat­tle” if the bloc failed to achieve the 2025 vi­sion.

“We need to pre­vent ter­ror­ism from ex­pand­ing and mit­i­gate cli­mate change.We need to have bro­ken down non-tar­iff bar­ri­ers also need to im­ple­ment al­ready our mu­tual agree­ments in order to trim down the bar­ri­ers for the

“If we hur­dle this vi­sion in 2025, in 50 years, we will be in a what is seen as pros­per­ity driven by tech­nol­ogy, cleaner en­vi­ron­ment. If we achieve the vi­sion in that, we will have a chance to be a global force in the next 50 years.”

Ar­royo said the re­gion, which she de­scribed as the “fastest grow­ing” in the world, was al­ready ex -

“Asean, which has now ex­panded from 5 to 10 coun­tries in­clud­ing Cam­bo­dia, has kept the peace, ex­panded our economies and be­came closer to­gether through trade, diplo­macy and greater con­nec­tiv­ity. We are proud of what Asean has achieved in the past 50 years in terms of peace, se­cu­rity

For­mer Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Aroyo speaks dur­ing the Asean Busi­ness and In­ves­ment Sum­mit (ABIS) at the So­laire Ho­tel and Casino Paranaque City on Novem­ber 14, 2017.

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