Retreat session marks start of 17th ASEAN Summit

October 29, 2010 12:49 pm 

HANOI, Oct. 28 — The 17th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit formally opened Thursday with leaders of member countries holding a retreat session to discuss measures on how to deepen comprehensive cooperation and maintain peace and stability in the region.

President Benigno S. Aquino III joined other ASEAN leaders at the National Convention Center here to discuss issues of common concern foremost of which are measures on building the ASEAN Community, strengthening regional connectivity and effectively implementing the ASEAN Charter.

The ASEAN leaders are expected to debate and reach agreements on important decisions to beef up and elevate relations with partners to a new level.

The leaders will also discuss measures on how to implement decisions made at the 16th Summit.

The leaders are likewise expected to approve two important documents, including a declaration on human resource development and skills needed for economic recovery and sustainable development, and the Hanoi declaration on increasing social welfare and women and children's development.

The ASEAN and its partners will adopt a number of other important documents such as the ASEAN-China statement on sustainable development, the action program for the ASEAN-Republic of Korea strategic partnership, the ASEAN-India co-operation program in the new period and joint statements with Russia, New Zealand and the UN.

The leaders will also focus on building the community and regional connectivity while creating conditions for more active involvement and contributions of partners in addressing regional issues. (PNA)

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