ASEAN and Dialogue Partners Confirm Their Participation in the Upcoming Pattaya Summits (07/04/2009)
ASEAN members and dialogue partners have confirmed their participation in the 14th ASEAN Summit and related summits, to be held from April 10 to 12 at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel in Pattaya, the eastern province of Chon Buri.

According to the Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vitavas Srivihok, Thailand was informed that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a health problem, and if he could not attend, he would send his representative, Mr. Kamal Nath, Minister of Commerce and Industry, as India’s special envoy.

On the evening of April 10, there will be an informal working dinner for ASEAN leaders. They will meet leaders of China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on April 11 at ASEAN Plus One Summits, followed by the ASEAN Plus Three Summit and ASEAN Summit Plus One with India in the afternoon.

On April 12, the East Asia Summit (EAS), also known as the ASEAN Plus 6 Summit, will take place, with the participation of leaders from the 10 ASEAN countries and six ASEAN dialogue partners, namely China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, Australia, and New Zealand.

The theme of this summit is “Acting Together to Cope with Global Challenges.” Major topics of discussion include the global economic and financial crisis, food and bio-energy security, and disaster management. A total of 26 outcome documents are expected to be issued. Among them are the Pattaya Statement on ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation on Food Security and Bio-Energy Development, the Pattaya Statement on East Asia Summit Disaster Management, the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Good Manufacturing Practice on Medicinal Products, and the ASEAN-China Investment Agreement.

Also on April 12, the Third ASEAN-UN Summit will be held, and it will give an opportunity for ASEAN leaders and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to discuss regional and international issues, especially food and energy security, climate change, disaster management, and the global financial crisis.

Leaders of international financial and economic institutions, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development will hold discussions with leaders from countries participating in the East Asia Summit.

The ASEAN Secretariat and the Royal Thai Government will jointly organize a separate event called “ASEAN Global Dialogue” at the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld on Rama 1 Road in Bangkok on April 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will open the first ASEAN Global Dialogue, which will be joined by decision-makers from all ASEAN and East Asian countries, representing the community of governments, business, diplomacy, civil society, media, and academic institutions. ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan also invited leaders of international organizations to attend the dialogue. They include Mr. Ban Ki Moon of the United Nations, Mr. Robert Zoellick of the World Bank, Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Mr. Pascal Lamy of the World Trade Organization, Mr. Haruhito Kuroda of the Asian Development Bank, and Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn of the International Monetary Fund. These global personalities will share their views and strategies for overcoming the common challenges facing the world.

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