Themed “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, the two-day summit put the first note for numerous activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (1967 – 2017).
PM Phuc and leaders of other ASEAN countries mapped out orientations for the building of the ASEAN Community as well as discussed measures to promote external relations and the central role of the group.
They also exchanged regional and international issues of mutual concerns and advocated cooperation priorities proposed by the host Philippines in 2017.
Addressing a plenary session of the summit, PM Phuc urged ASEAN to place a high premium to ensuring benefits of people and building a people-centered community while improving the association’s operational efficiency and strengthening the intra-bloc solidarity, cooperation and regional connectivity.
The PM also had bilateral meetings with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, and Myanmar state counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, to seek measures to bolster bilateral collaboration.