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ASEAN Integration and New Chapter for ASEAN-U.S. Relations (Oct. 29, 2007)

Thailand-U.S. Educational Foundation (TUSEF), in collaboration with SEAMEO Regional Center for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED), organized a special talk on “ASEAN-U.S. Relations and Preparation for ASEAN Integration” on Monday, October 22, 2007 by Khun Termsak Chalermpalanupap, Director of Research and Special Assistant to the Secretary-General, the ASEAN Secretariat.

 

He shared with the gathering that the current significant development under ASEAN was the ASEAN Charter, which would become 'the Constitution of ASEAN', building the ASEAN community by 2015. Under the Charter, ASEAN would be recognized, for the first time, by all member government as 'legal personality of an inter-governmental organization' while the ASEAN Secretariat would see an increase in its role. There wouldl also be a new position entitled, 'Permanent Representative to ASEAN', similar to several at key UN offices. Another development was a 'Blueprint for the ASEAN Economic Community 2015' to be signed in Singapore next month. Under the Blueprint, ASEAN will become one market with some 600 populations by 2015.

 

As ASEAN is a regional association which will be more united under the ASEAN Charter and the Economic Blueprint, it offers great opportunity for country partners to cooperate at the multilateral level. Khun Termsak said that China, of all ASEAN dialogue partners, has been proactive in fostering collaborations and relations with ASEAN. As for ASEAN-U.S. relations, the best cooperation so far is in health and disaster management as seen in the cases of SAR and Tsunami. Thus, there are still more opportunities for both the develop relations and collaborations for mutual progress.

ข้อเขียนทั้งภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษทุกเรื่องที่นำเสนอโดยมูลนิธิการศึกษาไทย-อเมริกัน (ฟุลไบรท์) ผู้สนใจสามารถจะนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ต่อการเรียนการสอนและกิจกรรมทางการศึกษาที่เกี่ยวข้องได้โดยขอความกรุณาอ้างอิงถึงแหล่งที่มาให้ชัดเจนด้วย

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