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Pampanga Rep. Arroyo urges leaders to meet Asean goals by 2025

Nov 15, 2017 @ 7:49

Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Tuesday spoke of the difficulty of predicting the future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

Arroyo warned leaders during the Asean Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) that the next five decades will be an “uphill battle” unless the Asean meets its goals by 2025.

“I have no crystal ball and neither has everyone,” she said as she spoke about the bloc’s future and its record of being “unpredictable” in the past.

But Arroyo remained optimistic that meeting Asea’s goals would give it a “great chance” in becoming a stronger economy in the future.

“If we achieve our vision in 8 years, we have a great chance of being a global force in 50 years,” she said.

Arroyo served as chairperson of the Asean in 2007.

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