Under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines now officially launches the hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 15, 2017.
With the theme, ‘Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,’ ASEAN 2017 aims to focus on the further development and enhanced cooperation of the ASEAN community.
As the Philippines assumes chairmanship, the year-long meetings and activities will highlight several priorities including peace and stability in the region, maritime security, inclusive and innovation-led growth, and a more resilient, people-centered ASEAN.
This year’s hosting also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the regional community, having been established in 1967 with the Philippines as one of the founding countries.
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