(Images courtesy of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry)
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) commemorates its 50th founding anniversary on 8 August 2017. This is a significant milestones year for the regional bloc. The extended community of ASEAN with the important pillars of political, economic and social shows the solidarity of its own community itself.
In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN today, the Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed led the ASEAN Flag Raising Ceremony at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry compound and attended by around 200 officials from MITI and its agencies.
Additionally, MITI has planned a line-up of activities related to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) throughout the week with the support of other government agencies, ASEAN Member States Embassies / High Commissions in Malaysia, private sector, chambers of commerce, industry associations, business councils, civil societies, research institutes and Institutions of Higher Learning.
These include the ASEAN Day celebration on 9 August 2017, where the Ministry is hosting an SME Export Day; MIDA mini career fair by 15 companies from various sectors and industries; exhibitions by MITI, Agencies, ASEAN Embassies / High Commissions and private sectors; food trucks to showcase ASEAN cuisines; an AEC pop quiz; and prize giving ceremony for the ASEAN open essay competition.
Following that is an intra-ASEAN investment forum which will be held on 10 August 2017. Distinguished panellists from multinational companies such as AirAsia Berhad, Honeywell Corporation, Charoen Pokphand Group and Gamuda Land Vietnam will be sharing their experiences and also to discuss on the opportunities as well as challenges investing in ASEAN.