ASEAN@50 ASEAN has come a long way from its beginnings in the late 1960s. When ASEAN was born on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, 'Southeast Asian peoples hardly knew one another, having been cut off from one another by the colonial powers' (former ASEAN SG Rodolfo Severino). At the time of ASEAN's birth, Southeast was not only characterized as unstable and 'Balkans of the East' but also poor, albeit not among the poorest in the world.

Now, ASEAN has grown into a vibrant and increasingly integrated economic region, an increasingly stronger socio-cultural community, and a significant force in international diplomacy especially in the East Asia region. The story of ASEAN is one of building up from managing intra-regional (ASEAN) disputes to facilitating the management of pan-regional (East Asia) disputes; from economic cooperation to economic integration, and from nation building to regional community (ASEAN) building.

ERIA, in collaboration with the Philippine Government, has embarked on the ASEAN@50 Project as part of the commemorative events to celebrate ASEAN's 50th anniversary in 2017, under the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN.

The project consists of a research project and a series of events. The research will produce a commemorative publication that brings the retrospectives and perspectives of key people who have been involved in the making and working of ASEAN, voices from the ASEAN people (as captured in an ASEAN-wide survey), and the analytical insights, perspectives and reflections of eminent persons and experts on the evolution, substance and future of ASEAN.

The Philippine AEC 2025 Game Plan

As stated in the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together, ASEAN Member States have resolved to implement the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together, which succeeded the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community (2009-2015), in a timely and effective manner.

The ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together consisted of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together, the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint 2025, the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025.

The Philippine government published The Philippine AEC 2025 Game Plan book in June 2017 as an update of the Philippine AEC Game Plan 2015. As stated in the foreword of the book, The Philippine AEC 2025 Game Plan incorporated the government's initiatives and programmes post 2014, including the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022. The government has also created a poster of the Philippine AEC 2025 Game Plan as part of its dissemination strategy.

Through these measures, the Philippine government has set a good example of how an ASEAN Member State is actively participating towards the implementation of ASEAN Community 2025 and synchronising its regional actions with the domestic development planning. Furthermore, it is a good template for ASEAN to ensure better monitoring and evaluation procedures, as well as to secure the implementation of the ASEAN Community Blueprint 2025.

The Philippine AEC 2025 Game Plan

The Philippine AEC 2025 Game Plan Poster


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