The Fourth ASEAN Informal Summit 22-25 November 2000, Singapore

Singapore  25 November 2000

The Way Forward: Initiative For Asean Integration

1. The ASEAN Leaders had a very good meeting. They agreed to launch an Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI). The IAI is to narrow the divide within ASEAN and enhance ASEAN’s competitiveness as a region. Essentially, it provides a framework for regional cooperation through which the more developed ASEAN members could help those member countries that most need it. This initiative is guided by Dr Mahathir’s principle of “prosper thy neighbour” and, by so doing, to “prosper ASEAN”.

2. The IAI will focus on education, skills development and worker training. These will be key factors of competitiveness in the New Economy. To catalyse the IAI, ASEAN members will contribute what they can.

3. To kick off the IAI, Singapore offered, under a five-year technical assistance programme, several training institutes in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, provide IT “Train-the-Trainers” courses and training attachments to its educational institutions. Singapore will also increase the number of existing Singapore Scholarships given to ASEAN nationals.

Training Institutes

  • These institutes in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar will provide vocational training and consultant/researchers in such areas as trade development/export promotion; HRD; agriculture and food business; technical training and tourism.

IT “Train-the-Trainers”

  • These courses will contribute towards improving the IT skills of the ASEAN countries to better prepare them to meet the challenges of the New Economy.

Training attachments

  • ASEAN nationals who are teachers or lecturers at their national vocational institutes, polytechnics and universities will be offered training attachments to Singapore institutions to work with their Singapore counterparts in developing teaching curriculum and methods [Note: a total of 60 vocational, polytechnic and university lecturers annually].

Singapore Scholarships

  • The number of existing Singapore Scholarships given to ASEAN nationals will be significantly increased [Note: the existing number is 30 annually; the total under the IAI will be 60]. These full-time undergraduate scholarships are tenable at the National University of Singapore (NUS) or at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Youth Exchange Programmes

  • As part of the educational development programme for ASEAN integration efforts, student and youth exchange programmes at both secondary school and youth levels will be introduced.

Identify gaps in lntra-ASEAN cooperation

4. The ASEAN Leaders agreed that for ASEAN to be competitive and achieve regional integration, ASEAN countries must adopt a holistic approach and view the region as a single economy. They agreed that ASEAN should identify gaps in its present level of cooperation, particularly sectors that are critical to ASEAN’s competitiveness in the New Economy. These include telecommunications and air, sea, road, rail and river transportation.

5. They also emphasized the importance of English language usage within member countries in order to meet the demands of the New Economy.

Support for the IAI by China, Japan, South Korea

6. China, Japan and South Korea supported the IAI. They agreed to work towards an “Asian IT Belt” to link up cities of IT excellence in Asia. This will create an environment of opportunities that would engage our best talents to develop Asia. To implement this “Asian IT Belt”, the Leaders agreed to give their support to the “IT in Asia” Conference in Tokyo next year.

7. China announced it will raise its contribution to the ASEAN-China Cooperation Fund by an additional US$5 million while Japan pledged to give priority to ASEAN countries in the disbursement of its US$15 billion “Comprehensive Cooperation Package” on IT for Asia. South Korea, wishing to participate in the e-ASEAN Framework Agreement, has offered training programmes in human resource development and IT. This will also help to narrow regional economic disparities and the digital divide.

e-ASEAN Framework Agreement

8. The E-ASEAN Framework Agreement is aimed at moving ASEAN into the New Economy. It is a major milestone in ASEAN’s economic development. The Agreement constitutes a broad framework to develop a free trade area for goods, services and investments for the info-communications and telecommunications industries within ASEAN.

On-going ASEAN projects

9. The Leaders also stressed the importance of pushing ahead with existing initiatives such as the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the ASEAN Investment Area (AIA). They also endorsed the proposal of an ASEAN Trade Fair by Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai. They also endorsed the broad thrust of the feasibility study of the Singapore-Kunming Railway Link project and directed that the project should be moved forward. They also agreed to convene a Special Session on HIV/AIDS at the next ASEAN Summit in Brunei Darussalam in 2001.

Political Unity

10. The Leaders reaffirmed the fundamental importance of political unity within ASEAN and acknowledged the importance of having all 10 ASEAN countries participating together in APEC and ASEM. They agreed that Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar should be involved in APEC Working Groups, with a view to eventual membership.

Other highlights

11. The Leaders of ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea emphasized the importance of closer cooperation among the countries of East Asia. They supported the proposal by South Korean President Kim Dae Jung for an East Asia Study Group. They also supported the proposal by Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to set up an expert group to study how economic cooperation and free trade relations between ASEAN and China can be deepened.

12. The Leaders also congratulated President Kim on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his historic contribution to inter-Korean reconciliation. The Leaders hoped that the momentum would continue, leading eventually to peaceful unification that would contribute to the stability of East Asia.

Issued by the Media Secretariat, 4th ASEAN Informal Summit, Singapore, 25 Nov 2000.

Sources:

slot deposit pulsa

login slot terbaik

agen judi slot online

bandar togel online

link login sbobet terpercaya

Bandar judi poker indonesia

agen judi poker online

link login slot online

situs judi slot terbaik

slot online indonesia

agen judi slot

bandar judi slot terlengkap

slot online login

toko56

MUSTIKAPOKER

jasabola

qqemas

trik bermain slot online

daftar judi slot panen138

judi slot138 terpercaya

login judi slot bd138

agen judi slot online terbaik

daftar slot online

bandar judi slot deposit pulsa

agen judi slot online

bandar judi slot deposit pulsa

judi slot online

daftar slot online

judi slot online

slot online mobile

pasar jackpot slot

bandar slot online indonesia

judi joker123 terpopuler

bandar slot joker123

daftar judi joker123 terpercaya

cara login joker123

slot joker terpercaya 2021

login game judi slot joker123

togel online hongkong

agen casino sbobet

bdslot88

agen bdslot88

daftar bdslot88

judi slot deposit pulsa

situs bdslot88

daftar bdslot88

bonanza138

login bonanza138

daftar bonanza138

slot bonanza138

situs bonanza138

Link alternatif bonanza138

situs bonanza138

agen slot bonanza138

bdslot88

slot deposit pulsa

situs togel online

situs idn poker

link sbobet indonesia

togel online resmi indonesia

judi slot online resmi

agen slot online terpercaya

slot online terpercaya indonesia

jackpot judi slot online

slot online resmi terpercaya

situs sbobet terlengkap

situs judi online terbaik

agen bola sbobet

situs poker online terlengkap

situs joker123 terlengkap

joker123 resmi terpercaya

daftar judi slot joker123

situs idn poker resmi

situs slot online gacor

agen sbobet mobile

link daftar judi slot online

situs judi slot online deposit pulsa

judi poker

judi poker domino online

judi poker indonesia

judi poker resmi

situs judi poker resmi

website judi poker online

bandar judi poker

judi poker di indonesia

judi poker online terdahsyat

dewa poker judi online

judi bola slot

judi online mesin bola tangkas

agen judi bola asia

judi bola online terbaik

bursa judi bola

judi bola online

agen judi bola dunia

istilah dalam judi bola

judi bola terbaik terpercaya

dunia judi bola

judi slot online apk

agen slot online terpercaya

game slot online terpercaya

apk slot online

link judi slot online

menang slot online

slot game online terpercaya

judi slot online deposit pulsa

joker game slot online

situs slot online indonesia

daftar judi slot online

situs agen slot online

situs daftar slot online

game slot online

game judi slot online

slot online resmi terpercaya

cara daftar slot online

slot online gacor terus

agen slot online terbaru

situs login joker123

daftar joker123 terlengkap

jackpot terbaik slot online

joker123 deposit pulsa terpercaya

link login sbobet moblie

slot tanpa potongan pulsa

situs slot online terbaik 2021

bandar slot online terpercaya

bandar joker123 terpercaya

link judi slot online

joker online slot resmi

judi slot online pulsa

slot online deposit pulsa

agen slot online 2021

slot online paling gacor

slot online pragmatic

agen bola resmi sbobet

slot online deposit pulsa

situs judi slot terbaik

situs judi slot terbaik

slot game online terpercaya

judi slot online deposit pulsa

live slot online

judi slot online apk

slot pulsa terpercaya

Agen BD138

BD138

bonanza138

daftar bonanza138

daftar bonanza138

login bonanza138

daftar slot bonanza138

agen slot bonanza138

idn poker online terpercaya

idn poker online terbaik

poker online terpercaya

judi poker online terbaik

situs poker online

bandar poker online terpercaya

daftar poker online idn

bandar poker online terbesar

agen poker terbaik

situs poker online indonesia

agen idn poker online

login idn poker

agen poker online terpercaya

agen judi poker terbaik'

situs taruhan poker online

bandar taruhan poker online

trik bermain poker idn

agen idn poker online

agen judi poker online

taruhan poker online resmi

situs taruhan poker terbaru

situs poker online terpercaya

bandar judi poker online terbaik

situs idn poker terpercaya

situs idnplay resmi terpercaya

agen poker online idn

agen poker online

bandar poker online terbaik