Asean News

Suu Kyi hopes Myanmar’s economy will surpass Singapore’s within 20 years

Myanmar’s State Counsellor has set a lofty goal for the nation – Myanmar’s economy could be ahead of Singapore’s within the next 20 years, Aung San Suu Kyi told an audience on Wednesday.

Suu Kyi was speaking at the IE Singapore’s Global Conversation Conference during her three-day official visit to Singapore.

ASEAN foods whet appetites at culinary festival

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Korea Center in Seoul hosted its annual culinary fair last week, bringing Southeast Asia’s diverse, distinct foods to the Korean public that has become increasingly drawn to the region’s gastronomic and touristic attractions.

The event, titled the “ASEAN Culinary Festival 2016,” was held at COEX in Seoul from Wednesday to Saturday. It showcased 30 signature dishes and beverages from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which were prepared by top chefs from the 10 countries, many of whom flew to Korea for the event.

Japan vows ongoing support


Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Asean summits in Vientiane, Laos.

Abe had to wait for nearly 30 minutes for their meeting as she was attending the 19th Asean-China Summit.

Aung San Suu Kyi returns from Laos

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived back at Yangon International Airport on July 27 after attending the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related events in Vientiane.

She participated in discussions about Asean Connectivity for 2025, which concentrated on physical, institutional and personal links. 

Chile, Egypt, Iran and Morocco signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation with Asean. 

Asean+3 foreign ministers discuss regional peace in Vientiane


The 6th East Asian foreign ministers’ meeting was held at the national convention centre in Vientiane, where foreign ministers focused on six main areas—finance, education, environment and energy, global health and infectious diseases, natural disaster management and relations among East Asian countries.

Asean meetings start in Laos

Preparatory meetings are being held ahead of the 49th Asean foreign ministers’ summit that will mainly focus on border cooperation, regional security and peace.

The foreign ministers' event is due to start on July 24. The Asean "high-ranking officials’ meeting" started on Wednesday and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to Asean on Thursday.

Thai defence chief discusses border dispute

A goodwill delegation led by General Prawit Wongsuwan, deputy prime minister and defence minister of Thailand, held talks with President Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw.

The meeting mainly focused on Myanmar migrant workers’ affairs, promoting bilateral trade and solving border disputes.