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ASEAN Leaders adopt Landmark Declaration that promotes a “Culture of Prevention” to achieve a Peaceful, Inclusive, and Harmonious ASEAN Community

MANILA, Nov 16 - Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the “ASEAN Declaration on Culture of Prevention for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society” during the 31st ASEAN Summit held in Manila.
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

ASEAN-China adopts Declaration on Marine Environment Protection

MANILA, Nov 17 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have moved forward towards the implementation of the 2002 Declaration of Conduct after it adopted on November 13 a document declaring ‎2017-2027 as a decade for the protection of coastal and marine environment in the South China Sea. In the chairman's state ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

11 Documents adopted, 1 Accord signed under PH Chairmanship

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) under the leadership of the Philippines in 2017 has adopted a total of 11 outcome documents and signed an instrument focused on the promotion and protection of migrant workers' rights in the region.  On Thursday, two days after the conclusion of the 31st ASEAN Summit in ...
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

China willing to expedite South China Sea Code of Conduct: Duterte

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said that China has agreed to have a Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and has vowed to consider fast-tracking the agreement as a step towards a peaceful resolution of the issue.
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH turns over ASEAN Chairmanship to Singapore

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has officially turned over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday night. Duterte handed over the ceremonial gavel signifying the Philippines passing the baton to Singapore to lead ASEAN effective next yea ...
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN adopts First Cross-Sectoral Work Plan to address trafficking in Persons

MANILA, Nov 13 - On the occasion of the 31st ASEAN Summit held in Manila, ASEAN finalized the Bohol Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Work Plan 2017-2020, the first cross-sectoral and cross-pillar action plan developed by ASEAN to address trafficking in persons in the region.
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

DSWD to ASEAN Members: Abide by Adopted Documents

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has called on sectoral bodies under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) pillar to abide by the documents adopted during the 31st ASEAN Summit.
Date: 14 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN Leaders set to sign Pact on Migrant Workers' Rights Protection

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders have committed to champion regional cooperation on protecting and promoting migrant workers' rights. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that he and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders agreed to sign the ASEAN Consensus o ...
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN Econ Ministers seek to complete RCEP Negotiations by Year End

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - Economic ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have committed to complete the negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by the end of the year.
Date: 12 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Asia Pacific Maritime 2018 to address Present-Day Issues and chart New Paths

SINGAPORE, Nov 13, (Antara) - The 15th Asia Pacific Maritime (APM), Southeast Asia's most established maritime, workboat and offshore exhibition and conference will be held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 14 - 16 March next year. The biennial event will expect to play host to more than 1,500 international exhibiting companies from 60 countrie ...
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Malaysia to develop Logistic Partnership within ASEAN, China and Asia Pacific

HONG KONG, Nov 13 (Bernama) - Malaysia will focus on developing and expanding its logistics partnership within ASEAN, China and Asia Pacific countries, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

ASEAN to adopt Accord on Migrant Workers' Rights

MANILA, Nov 9 (PNA) - Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are expected to sign the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers during the summit that will be held next week. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said the landmark document will further ...
Date: 09 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH calls for Affirmation of Migrant Workers Human Rights in ASPAC Meet

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - The Philippines has called for the affirmation of human rights of migrants in its general statement in the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) for the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration (GCM) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Date: 07 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malaysia Confident of resolving Tax Issue on Natural Gas at JDA Border

BANGKOK, Nov 2 (Bernama) - Malaysia is confident that Thailand's intention to impose tax on natural gas produced by Petronas at the border of the Joint Development Area (JDA) fields in the Gulf of Thailand can be resolved.
Date: 02 November 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Bernama

South China Sea Issues should be addressed through Peaceful Means - Anifah

KOTA SAMARAHAN, Oct 12 (Bernama) - Malaysia believes that the South China Sea issues are complex, multi-faceted and highly sensitive and therefore, overlapping claims in the South China Sea should be addressed through peaceful means and in accordance with the relevant principles of international law.
Date: 12 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Sino-ASEAN Arbitration Panel proposed to tackle Belt and Road Disputes

THE head of Brunei’s arbitration association called for a panel of ASEAN and Chinese arbitrators to be established in order to create a dispute-resolution system which covers private companies involved in projects related to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Contract disputes are inevitably a risk in large-scale infrastructure projects betw ...
Date: 28 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

IMT-GT Delegations propose Single Visa

Pangkalpinang, Bangka-Belitung (ANTARA News) - Delegations to the 23rd Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) ministerial level meeting in Bangka-Belitung have proposed the use of single visa in regions tied by the cooperation scheme to boost tourism.
Date: 27 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

ASEAN eyes Closer Law Enforcement Ties vs Terror Threat

MANILA - ASEAN member states are looking at much closer coordination with law enforcement groups as the Interpol and ASEANAPOL in the ongoing campaign against the spread of terrorism, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy said Thursday.
Date: 22 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Tribunal finds Myanmar Guilty of Genocide

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Bernama) - The Permanent Peoples Tribunal's (PPT) today found the State of Myanmar guilty of the crime of genocide against the Kachin people and other Muslim groups, including the Rohingyas.
Date: 22 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

ASEAN, HK expected to sign Trade, Investment Deals in November

MANILA - The Philippines is optimistic over five agreements and declarations, including the long-awaited free trade and investment agreements between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Hong Kong, will be signed by November.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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New ASEAN e-Commerce Framework to benefit More Local MSMEs

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 (Bernama) - The new ASEAN framework on e-commerce, currently being implemented by the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on E-commerce, is expected to open up more opportunities for micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and facilitate their business expansion in the region.

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ASEAN pushes enabling Environment for Inclusive Business

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states will work towards providing an enabling environment for inclusive business imperative for the region’s economic community-building efforts.

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ASEAN, Partners to fast-track RCEP Conclusion in 2018

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - Leaders from the countries participating at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Tuesday have instructed its ministers and negotiators to intensify efforts in 2018 to bring the RCEP negotiations to conclusion.

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ASEAN FTAs gain Ground in 2017, DTI says

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The year 2017 witnessed ASEAN efforts to beef up its free trade agreements (FTAs) with its international stakeholders gaining ground.

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ASEAN Leaders and CEOs push for Inclusive Business

MANILA, Nov 14 - The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC), composed of three CEOs/Presidents of private companies per ASEAN Member State, met with ASEAN Leaders led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 13 November 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Mr. Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III from the Philippines, the 2017 Chair of ASEAN-BAC and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, led the private sector.

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AICHR promotes Human Rights in ASEAN

Nov 13 - The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has initiated various activities throughout 2017 to promote human rights to the peoples of the region.

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ASEAN reaffirms Cooperation with East Asian Community in 20th ASEAN+3

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed its cooperation with Japan, Korea, and China during the 20th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Commemorative Summit on Tuesday, November 14.

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ASEAN, China agree to start Talks on South China Sea COC

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have agreed to start negotiations on a code of conduct on the South China Sea, Malacañang said Monday.

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Japan vows to strengthen Cooperation with ASEAN

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to deepen cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in various areas such as maritime security, defense, trade, infrastructure development, combating terrorism, disaster risk reduction and cultural exchanges.

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Duterte lauds ABAC Initiative to empower MSMEs

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the Philippines fully supports the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s (ABAC) strategic action agenda to empower micro, small and medium industries (MSMEs) towards greater participation in the global value chain.

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President Duterte formally launches 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, November 13, formally opened the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits, emphasizing on regional and international security as the main agenda.

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ASEAN-HK FTA to attract More Investors to Malaysia

HONG KONG, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The just-signed ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will enable Malaysia to attract more Hong Kong investors to its shores, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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