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ACK holds seminar on ASEAN community of opportunities
September 22, 2018, 2:14 pm

Kuwait gives a lot of importance to its relations with ASEAN members, disclosed Abdulaziz Al Sharekh, director-general of Saud Al Sabah Diplomatic Institute, during an Asian Committee Kuwait (ACK) seminar held in association with Kuwait Diplomatic Institute at the Crowne Plaza Hotel last week.

Al Sharekh lauded ACK’s initiative in organising the seminar titled ‘ASEAN Community of Opportunities’ and expressed his appreciation to co-host the event that would further improve understanding between Kuwait and ASEAN.

ASEAN is a bloc comprising 10 Asian neighbours: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesian, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. Collectively they form a significant economic powerhouse, only behind USA, China and Japan. ACK chair and Ambassador of Thailand H.E. Dusit Manapan in his opening remarks praised the excellent relations that all 10 members of ASEAN had with Kuwait.

He hoped the seminar would open new opportunities between them and also increase understanding through such interactions. A comprehensive overview of ASEAN was made by Deputy Director General of ASEAN Department in Thailand Usaa Berananda outlining the future path and vision. “As an association of culturally and economically diverse nations committed to regional integration, ASEAN is a community dedicated to peace and stability,” he said.

Ambassador of Vietnam H.E. Trinh Minh Manh gave an excellent presentation detailing ASEAN centrality and its implications on reginal and international security and stability. Despite all the challenges faced by the grouping, ASEAN has been a success story for many bringing both peace and prosperity to the region. Since it was formed in 1967, ASEAN members have witnessed economic success though market integration and has also become a respected and leading player in shaping the Asia-Pacific regional architecture while becoming a global community partner.

Associate Professor Mark Speece of the American University of Kuwait also gave a brief presentation on the economic strengths of ASEAN members and their contribution to the global landscape. While Dr. Ibrahim Al Hadban of Kuwait University spoke on the importance of ASEAN to the GCC, specially since ASEAN imports 80 percent of their oil exports. Dr. Hadban outlined different areas of cooperation between Kuwait and ASEAN member nations with the objective of achieving long-term development.

The seminar proved to be an enlightening experience to the gathering that comprised of members of the diplomatic corps, young Kuwaiti diplomats and media personnel, by giving an insight into the positive role played by ASEAN.

- Staff Report

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