August 24, 2017 09:00 AM
Davao City, Philippines
ASEAN has come a long way from its beginnings in the latter 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.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the ASEAN Society (AS), and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), with the support of DFA- Philippine Mission to ASEAN, are co-hosting a Public Symposium on ASEAN Socio Cultural Community and Nation Building to be held in Davao City on 24 July 2017. The Public Symposium brings the analyses and perspectives of eminent academics and government officials in the region on building ASEAN Socio Cultural Community and nation building.
The objectives of the Public Symposium are the following:
- ASEAN people have enhanced understanding of the ASEAN Socio Cultural Community (ASCC) and its interaction with national policies and development in the member countries.
- To generate insights and recommendations on moving ASCC into 2025 and beyond
-ASEAN people have better understanding and appreciation of, greater emotional attachment to, and deeper engagement with ASEAN and the region, along with with Japan’s commitment over the years together with ASEAN