Busy schedule awaits President Aquino in Bali, Indonesia

November 8, 2011 11:14 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 8 — A busy schedule awaits President Benigno S. Aquino III at the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits in Bali, Indonesia from Nov. 17 to 19.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda Basilio, in a pre-departure briefing at Malacanang on Tuesday, said that President Aquino would have a series of meetings that promote the advocacy of the country for ASEAN.

The 19th Asean Summit will formally start in the morning of November 17, which will be followed by the Plenary and Retreat Sessions and the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting with the Asean Business Advisory Council.

The Agreements and Declarations to be signed by the Asean Ministers which will be witnessed by the Asean Leaders include the Agreement on the Establishment of the Asean Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center), the Declaration on Asean Unity in Cultural Diversity: Towards Strengthening the Asean Community.

The Asean leaders will also sign the Bali Declaration on the Asean Community in a Global Community of Nations.

The first day’s side event will feature the 2011 Asean Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) Asean Fair.

Topping the activities on Friday (Nov. 18) are the Asean-China Commemorative Summit, followed by the launching of the Asean-China Center, the 14th Asean-Japan Summit and the 14th Asean-Republic of Korea (ROK) Summit.

There will also be the 14th Asean Plus Three Summit and the 3rd Asean – United States of America Leaders’ Meeting wherein the Philippine plays as the coordinator.

On its final day (Nov. 19), the activities include the 4th Asean – United Nations Summit, the 9th Asean – India Summit and the 6th East Asia Summit (Plenary and Retreat Sessions). (PNA) RMA/PCOO/ssc

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