Celebration of 50th anniversary of ASEAN in Brasilia
Photo: Embassy of Thailand
The Secretary-General of Itamaraty, Ambassador Marcos Galvão, participated on August 29 in the ASEAN Day, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The association, created in 1967, consists of ten countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), which have a total population of over 620 million, plus a combined IGP of around US$ 2.5 trillion. ASEAN commercial relationship with Brazil amounts approximately US$ 16.5 billion, making it Brazilian second largest partner in Asia.
The solemnity, organized by the ASEAN committee in Brasilia (CAB) – which congregates representatives of the seven countries of the association with Embassies in Brazil (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) – took place at the Embassy of Thailand, latest president of CAB.
In his speech, the Secretary-General affirmed that “in the last five decades, ASEAN has shown the world that tolerance and dialogue are the basis of a lasting partnership”. It also remarked that Mercosur is a natural partner of the association, for both groups are not only the most important integration projects of their respective regions, but they also share common perspectives on several significant items of the international agenda.
From September 5 to 12, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio Nunes, will travel to three countries of the region (Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam), occasion in which he will pursue the deepening of items in the bilateral and interregional agenda.