KUALA LUMPUR – The Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to ASEAN concluded their meeting today with a positive note towards formulating a final plan of action for ASEAN cooperation with its dialogue partners.
Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Datuk Hasnudin Hamzah who chaired the closed door meeting at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here, said the committee had worked on the final plan of action for ASEAN dialogue partners.
“We want to ensure a much more robust, stronger means of enhancing cooperation, and ensure they (dialogue partners) continue to assist the ASEAN Community building efforts to bring about intended benefits to the regional grouping and the people, in line with our objectives of a “People Centred ASEAN”,” he said on the sidelines of the meeting.
He said the committee also discussed the efforts to strengthen ASEAN, as
well as deliberating on reports from the ASEAN working group levels.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Representative from Indonesia Rahmat Pramono said the outcome of the meeting today would be presented to the Senior Officials Meeting tomorrow, for further discussions.
He said the meeting largely touched on the technical matters in ASEAN cooperation with its dialogue partners, aside from getting updates on the implementation of the creation of an ASEAN Community by year-end.
“This is the focus that we have among all ASEAN members, including CPR. We also wanted to see the progress in the ASEAN Community building across the three pillars.
“We also discussed the preparation for the Summit, for example, the programme over the two days, in Kuala Lumpur and also in Langkawi,” he added.
Myanmar’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN Min Lwin said his country was supporting the agenda put forth by Malaysia.
“We support Malaysia’s chairmanship and will work with all other member states on issues of mutual interest. The ASEAN post-2015 vision is very important as we want to ensure there is continuity to the ASEAN Community 2015.
“It is an ongoing process and important that all focus on this,” he added, when met on the sidelines of the meeting.
The other permanent representatives present were Emaleen Abdul Rahman (Brunei), Kan Pharidh (Cambodia), Latsamy Keomany (Laos), Elizabeth P. Buensuceso (the Philippines), Tan Hung Seng (Singapore), Chombhala Chareonying (Thailand) and Vu Dang Dzung (Vietnam).
The CPR, established in 2009, is viewed as an important mechanism in ASEANâ€™s community-building efforts and has an important role in ensuring the realisation
of the ASEAN Economic Community by year-end and the ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 Vision.
The Jakarta-based CPR was established by ASEAN Charter.
ASEAN’s dialogue partners include China, Japan, South Korea, India and the United States. – BERNAMA