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Constructive Engagement – Building a People-Oriented Community

By ASEAN Secretariat  •  February 1, 2011

The report is an outcome of the region’s stakeholders and government officials meeting in November 2009 and captures key discussions, initiatives and action plans developed. Participants aimed to ensure an ASEAN Community by 2015 that engages and benefits the people of ASEAN.

The Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, said in his foreword that while ASEAN Member States were committed to building an ASEAN Community, “the governments, are, by and large, still grappling with the details of how they will implement the vision.” He further noted the limited involvement of the private sector and other non-governmental actors in ASEAN integration.

An innovation of Dr Surin, the session was organised to learn from other regions’ stakeholder engagement practices and methods, which could be constructive to ASEAN. “All that remains is for us to create these platforms to realise the idea of the ASEAN Community and to summon our political will for the good of the region,” he concluded.

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