Myan­mar hands over ASEAN chair to Malaysia

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // NEWS -

After a year as chair of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions, Myan­mar has handed over the po­si­tion to Malaysia for 2015.

Pres­i­dent U Thein Sein cer­e­mo­ni­ally handed over the chair­man­ship of the 10-mem­ber re­gional group­ing to Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak at the end of the 25th ASEAN Sum­mit in Nay Pyi Taw on Novem­ber 13.

Malaysia of­fi­cially takes up the chair­man­ship in Jan­uary.

“The ASEAN Com­mu­nity to be es­tab­lished in the com­ing year will be a mile­stone for ASEAN. At that time, the ASEAN peo­ple will en­joy the priv­i­leges of the ASEAN Com­mu­nity and have to pre­pare to face new chal­lenges,” Pres­i­dent U Thein Sein said at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the sum­mit.

For its year as ASEAN chair, Myan­mar adopted the motto: “March­ing For­ward in Unity to a Peace­ful and Pros­per­ous Com­mu­nity”. Malaysia has cho­sen: “Our Peo­ple, Our Com­mu­nity, Our Vi­sion”.

In another cer­e­mony, the pres­i­dent of the Union of Myan­mar Fed­er­a­tion of Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try, U Win Aung, handed over his role as head of the ASEAN Business Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil to Malaysia’s Dr Mohd Mu­nir bin Ab­dul Ma­jid.

Myan­mar was ad­mit­ted to ASEAN in 1997 and held the chair­man­ship for the first time this year.

Myan­mar was due to hold the chair in 2006 but was passed over be­cause of con­cern that Western na­tions would boy­cott the re­gional sum­mits it would have hosted as part of the role. [Win Ko Ko Latt, Theingi Tun]

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