Pampanga Rep. Arroyo joins Asean High Forum
Pampanga Representative and former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo joined former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Kingdom of Thailand in a panel discussion at The High Level Forum on ASEAN @ 50 on Thursday, October 19 at Conrad Manila.
The High Level Forum aims to “bring the retrospectives and perspectives of Asean Leaders and officials, as well as eminent persons and the youth on the making, substance, significance, and future of Asean.”
With the theme “ASEAN: Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” the one-day event was organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (Eria), and the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the Philippines.
The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and ASEAN Foundation (AF) co-hosted the event.
The Forum is also the culmination of a series of public symposia that Eria has hosted in cooperation with various partners in several cities in the Philippines.
The previous forums focused on the three pillars of Asean: the Asean Political-Security Community, the Asean Economic Community, and the Asean Socio-Cultural Community.
The Philippines leads the commemmoration of Asean’s 50th anniversary this year as the curent Asean chair.
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