PRAGUE 26 December 2019 –– Philippine Ambassador to the Czech Republic Ombra T. Jainal joined the Ambassadors of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar and the Deputy Heads of Mission of Thailand and Vietnam at a lecture entitled, “ASEAN as an Economic Powerhouse Amidst Strategic Power Balance and Diversity” at the University of Economics, Prague on 03 December 2019.
Ambassador Jainal presented updates on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, the third pillar of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community. During his presentation, he highlighted the diverse but united peoples and growing economies of the ASEAN.
Malaysian Ambassador Zanariah Bt Zainal Abidin presented the structure of the ASEAN Political-Security Community and provided updates on the issues and challenges that the ASEAN is currently addressing. Indonesian Ambassador Kenssy Dwi Ekaningsih provided the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific region and ASEAN’s response to its dynamics.
In presenting the second pillar which is the “ASEAN Economic Community,” Vietnamese Deputy Head of Mission Tran Thangh Huong stressed the growing skilled labor and expanding domestic market of the region that makes ASEAN a major hub of manufacturing and trade. Myanmar’s Ambassador Kay Thi Soe meanwhile highlighted ASEAN’s economic partnerships with dialogue partners and the European Union.
Thai Deputy Head of Mission Nattanipa Burusapat presented an overview of the ASEAN as an organization as well as the achievements of Thailand’s Chairmanship in 2019.
The ASEAN lecture is one of the many projects of the ASEAN Committee in Prague to raise awareness about the regional grouping and advance its interests in the Czech Republic.