Asean News

AEC will build peace and stability: secretary general

Establishing the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will enhance peace and stability within the region, according to Le Luong Minh, secretary general of the association.

“Asean will unite on political, economic and social issues now members share strong beliefs and perspectives. The people share friendships and want peace and stability in the region. We will experience opportunities and riches by joining together with the rest of the world,” said the secretary general.

The AEC will start on December 31.

Myanmar migrant workers recreate murder of Thai student


Four Myanmar migrant workers re-enacted the the killing of a Thai student on October 27, according to Min Oo, a member of the Myanmar Embassy’s Special Investigation Team.

The arrest of the Myanmar migrant workers in connection with the murder of the Thai student in Ranong has sparked concerns among other Myanmar workers in Thailand.

Asean FM meeting addresses Myanmar floods

Foreign ministers from around Southeast Asia discussed the flooding currently affecting Myanmar at the Asean Foreign Minsters’ Meeting, according to Myanmar Foreign Minister Wanna Maung Lwin.
The 48th Asean FM meeting and its related meetings were held on August 4 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

AEC unfinished with four months until launch

Preparations for the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) remain incomplete at a time when there is only four months left before its implementation.

The AEC is one of three pillars of the Asean Community, which also includes the Asean Political-Security Community (APSC) and the Asean Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). The AEC is scheduled for establishment by December 31, 2015.

2015 Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam summit begins in Naypyitaw

The 7th annual Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam-Myanmar (CLMV) summit have begun on 22nd of June in Naypyitaw at the Myanmar International Convention Centre 1.

The summit was attended by President Thein Sein, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wunna Maung Lwin, Thailand's Deputy Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Cambodia’s Sectretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs Long Visalo, Vietnam's Deputy Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and Secretary General of Asean Le Luong Minh.

Myanmar will not attend boat crisis summit if title bears name ‘Rohingya’

Zaw Htay, director of the President’s Office, said on May 19 that Myanmar will not attend the regional summit on the migrant boat crisis if it has the name “Rohingya” in the title.
“We haven’t decided whether to attend or not. We are still thinking. They have put the name ‘Rohingya’ in the title. If this is how we are invited, we won’t attend,” said Zaw Htay.

Workers demand Ks5,600 a day

More than 150 workers from industrial zones in Yangon Region staged a march on the 125th International Labour Day on May 1, calling for rights and a daily wage of Ks5,600. 

The workers marched from the Bo Sein Mahn ground in Bahan Township to Kyaikkasan, holding placards saying “Daily pay of Ks5,600”, “rights for workers”, “release detained workers” and “release arrested farmers”.

Myanmar keeps silent during ASEAN summit

Myanmar did not submit any proposals during the 26th ASEAN Summit 2015 held in Malaysia, which has taken ASEAN chairmanship for 2015. 

South China Sea dispute does not spilt Asean, says Malaysian PM

The South China Sea dispute has not split Asean unity, said Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Abdul Razak at a press conference at the Langkawi International Convention Centre yesterday. 
“The long-running maritime dispute will not break strong ASEAN unity and solidarity. We may differ slightly in our approaches, but we are all on the same page when it comes to the main principles of how we deal with the question of South China Sea,” he said.