Monday, September 25, 2017

Myanmar’s emerging role in ASEAN

IT has been 20 years since Myanmar became a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Before 1996, Myanmar was an outsider weighing its decision to join the regional grouping.

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ASEAN and Myanmar – past, present and future

ASEAN marks its 50th anniversary today. Fifty years ago, five Southeast Asian nations decided to overcome their mutual suspicions and established a regional organisation to help buffer the impact of geopolitical tensions swirling around the region, and affecting each newly independent country’s survival. From these unpromising origins, Asean has slowly built up its “demonstration effect” in pursuing regional stability and economic progress, attracting five additional members.

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Myanmar-ASEAN ties at 20: still a work in progress

Myanmar, or Burma as it was then known, was in his mind when Thanat Khoman, Thailand’s foreign minister, thought about forming a new regional organisation in the mid-1960s. After its independence and brief democratic experiment, the resource-rich country was one of the leading nations in South-East Asia and a model to emulate.

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Myanmar’s peace process contributes to ASEAN stability

For the past six years, successive governments in Myanmar have struggled to build trust with more than twenty ethnic armed groups in a bid to end seven decades of civil war. Progress was made in 2015 with the signing of a National Ceasefire Accord by eight of the groups after an exhaustive period of negotiation that in itself built bridges between the Union Government, Tatmadaw and ethnic armed organisations.

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ASEAN launches youth development index

Employment and opportunities to lead a life of dignity are two major concerns of the ASEAN, according to a latest index on youth development in ASEAN.

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ASEAN to take bigger role in Korean Peninsula efforts

ASEAN has a positive role to play in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and helping to encourage North Korea to take part in peacemaking and regional development.

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On first anniversary, NGOs call for inquiry on Kem Ley assassination

More than 160 nongovernmental organisations from around the world have called on Cambodia to establish an independent commission to investigate the assassination of Kem Ley, a well-known political commentator who was killed in broad daylight in the capital a year ago.

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Experts say ASEAN centrality is key to Japan’s regional policy

Japan strongly supports ASEAN centrality as part of its core approach to Asian regional cooperation.

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For Myanmar, peace and economic growth ‘must go hand-in-hand’

Myanmar should pursue peace and economic development simultaneously as the best way forward.

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Foreign, local experts to discuss Myanmar’s economic future

Leading experts from Myanmar and the region will discuss Myanmar’s economic future, focusing on its investment potential and integration with ASEAN.

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