Seminar on “Towards the ASEAN Community : Prospects and Challenges” by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN


Seminar on “Towards the ASEAN Community : Prospects and Challenges” by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN

 

       On Friday 18 September 2015, the Royal Thai Embassy in Stockholm in cooperation with other ASEAN Embassies in Stockholm, namely Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) organized a seminar titled “Towards the ASEAN Community : Prospects and Challenges” with Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, as speaker at Sheraton Hotel, Stockholm. During the seminar, Mr. Kiattikhun Chartprasert, Ambassador of Thailand to Sweden, delivered a welcoming remark and          Mr. Sven-Olof Petersson, Chairman of the Governing Board of SIPRI, took a role of moderator. Over 70 participants including members of the diplomatic corps, Swedish Government officials, academics and media personnel attended the event.

       At the seminar, Dr. Surin gave a briefing on the background of the establishment of ASEAN and addressed its current major developments, challenges and trends which include the official launching of the ASEAN Community by the end of 2015. He talked about the structure of the ASEAN Community, which comprises three pillars, namely the ASEAN Economic Community, the ASEAN Political-Security Community, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and he further highlighted how significant the creation of ASEAN Economic Community means to ASEAN countries and the international community.

       In the evening, Ambassador Kiattikhun hosted a dinner in honour of Dr. Surin at his residence with the presence of Mrs.

Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden as Guest of Honour. Ambassadors of ASEAN Countries in Stockholm, Ambassadors of South Korea, Japan, China, as well as representatives from the Swedish Government attended the said dinner.

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