Statement on the Participation of PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE in the 34th ASEAN Summit Bangkok, Thailand

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leaves for Bangkok today for the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on 22-23 June 2019, where Southeast Asian leaders gather to further advance the shared vision of a people-centered and people-oriented ASEAN Community.

With the theme “Advancing Partnerships for Sustainability,” the 34th ASEAN Summit is the first of two summit meetings this year under Thailand’s Chairmanship.

President Duterte will discuss with fellow ASEAN Leaders ways to deepen cooperation on inclusive, equitable, and sustainable economic development, further enhance regional mechanisms, and promote and uphold the rights of migrant workers and other vulnerable groups.

The President will press regional and global issues affecting security and stability and growth prospects of Southeast Asia and the larger Asia-Pacific region.

These include developments in the South China Sea, the ongoing US-China trade war, terrorism and violent extremism, climate change, and transnational crimes, including the trafficking of illegal drugs.

Working with ASEAN Leaders, the President shall assess the implementation of agreements in previous Summits, including initiatives under the Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017, such as the ASEAN Consensus on the Promotion and Protection of Migrant Workers, the Action Agenda on Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment in ASEAN, and the ASEAN Declaration on Innovation.

ASEAN Leaders shall also examine the direction of ASEAN’s relations with external partners and how the different dialogue partnerships can be further enhanced with ASEAN at the center.

At the sidelines of the Summit, the President will hold bilateral meetings with ASEAN Leaders, including with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha, to strengthen bilateral cooperation for greater security, stability, and sustainable development.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Thailand.

President Duterte will likewise engage CEOs of Thailand’s top business conglomerates to promote the Philippines as a key trade and investment destination.

The President will highlight the country’s sound macro-economic fundamentals and ongoing reforms that make the Philippines more competitive and business-friendly. Joining President Duterte are the Leaders of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Viet Nam.

This is the President’s third visit to Thailand. The first visit was in November 2016 to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the second was in March 2017 for an Official Visit.

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