11 Nov '17, 9pm

Singapore to officially take over chairmanship at 31st ASEAN summit

MANILA: The three-day ASEAN summit taking place in the Philippines from Sunday (Nov 12) will culminate in Singapore taking over chairmanship of the regional bloc. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who will arrive in the Philippines on Sunday for the 31st edition of the ASEAN Summit and other related events, will deliver brief remarks at the closing ceremony when Singapore officially takes on the role. Among the duties of the chairing ASEAN state are being spokesperson for the ten members, chairing and facilitating official meetings and task forces, and tabling new initiatives and programmes to advance regional cooperation. Singapore officials have said that a digital economy and e-commerce will be key themes of the country’s chairmanship. Singapore will also try to promote cooperation between ASEAN and China as the country coordinator for dialogue relations between the two p...

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