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ASEAN 2015 on IloIloTaken from: IloIlo Today

Philippines will host the 31st ASEAN Summit in 2017

Hosting the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in 2017 will give the Philippines the opportunity to push for greater partnerships among its 10-member economies.

It will only be the third time for the Philippines to host an ASEAN summit. The country hosted the Third ASEAN Summit in Manila in 1987 and the 12th ASEAN Summit in Cebu in 2007.

Since 2009 the 10 members of ASEAN have been holding two summits every year—one in the first half of the year, the other in the second half—but always in one host country.
Myanmar hosted the 24th and 25th ASEAN summits in 2014. Malaysia hosted the 26th and 27th summits in 2015. Laos hosted the 28th and 29th summits in 2016.

The Philippines accepted the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last September at the conclusion of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits in Vientiane, Laos, as it unveiled the theme for next year that contains an imprint of President Duterte’s campaign.

The theme for ASEAN 2017 to be hosted by the Philippines is “Partnering for change, engaging the world” – a reference to Duterte’s campaign slogan “change is coming.”
It also contained the phrase “partner for change,” which is being used by Malacañang to refer to the supporters of the President.

Duterte said the theme of next year’s conference reflects the Philippines’ resolve to consolidate ASEAN to enable it to take its rightful place in the international community.
“We will pursue initiative and enhance cooperation with global partners to ensure that ASEAN citizens live in peace, stability, security and growth, all the while retaining ASEAN’s centrality, unity and solidarity, we will maintain for all times,” he said in his acceptance speech.”

“The Philippines is ready and willing to steer and guide the association. But crucial to the realization of our goals is the cooperation and support of all ASEAN member-states and our dialogue partners,” Duterte said.

“I trust that under the Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship in 2017, in addition to the meaningful celebration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, the ASEAN community will continue to gain new achievements,” the Lao prime minister Thongloun Sisoulith said.

Sources : Philstar, Businessmirror, Sunstar