Heads of state sign Cha-Am Hua Hin Declaration on Roadmap for ASEAN Community
Bangkok (March 1) -- ASEAN heads of state or government signed, during the Signing Ceremony of the Outcome Documents of the 14th ASEAN Summit on March 1, the Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration on the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community, a important document aimed at accelerating the establishment of ASEAN Community by 2015.
In the Declaration on the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community, the ASEAN leaders underscored that "narrowing the development gap shall remain an important task to ensure the benefits of ASEAN integration are fully realized through effective implementation of the initiative for ASEAN integration and other sub-regional framework."
Together with the Declaration, the ASEAN Political and Security Community Blueprint, ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint were adopted as its three main pillars.
At the Royal Dusit Grand Ballroom A, Dusit Thani Hua Hin Hotel, Cha-am, Phetchaburi where the signing ceremony were conducted, the ASEAN leaders adopted and issued other documents that include the 2nd Initiative for ASEAN Integration Work Plan; Joint Declaration on the Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in ASEAN; Statement on Food Security in the ASEAN Region and the Press Statement on the Global Economic and Financial Crisis.
During the summit, ASEAN leaders agreed to make join efforts to deal with the current world economic crisis, as the global financial meltdown have increased impact on ASEAN member countries.
The ASEAN leaders also noted several important documents like the ASEAN Secretary-General's Annual Report on the Work of ASEAN to the 14th ASEAN Summit; Report of the Secretary-General of ASEAN on the Progress of the Implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme; Secretary-General of ASEAN's Report Card on the follow-up to the 13th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits (11th ASEAN Plus Three Summit, ASEAN Plus One Summits with China, Japan, ROK and India, and 3rd East Asia Summit); Report of the Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation; Summary Report of the ASEAN Economic Community Scorecard; Report on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Awareness Year 2008; and Report of the ASEAN Anthem Competition.
The ASEAN leaders also witness the signing of the ASEAN Petroleum Security Agreement by the relevant ministers.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on Aug. 8 1967, with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as member states. (PIA 8) [top]