Posted on August 08, 2014

Embassies of seven member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) joined hands to celebrate the 47th Asean Founding Anniversary yesterday at Philippine School Doha (PSD).

Brunei Darussalam Ambassador Nordin Ahmad, Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar Deddy Saiful Hadi, Malaysian Ambassador Dato’ Ahmad Jazri Mohd Johar, Philippine Ambassador Crescente R Relacion, Singaporean Ambassador Wong Kwok Pun, Thai Ambassador Piroon Laismit and Vietnam Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Ho Khac Hoa graced the function, which showcased the rich diversity of the seven nations through cultural performances by PSD students.

Addressing the gathering, Brunei Darussalam’s Ambassador to Qatar Nordin Ahmad, who is the chairman of the Asean Committee in Doha (ACD), underscored how Asean leaders had envisioned Asean nations as “outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.” “At the 24th Asean Summit this year in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, our leaders stressed the importance of cooperation among Asean member states and the realisation of an Asean community that is politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible,” said Ahmad.

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Thanking the host school PSD, he said celebrating Asean Day “amongst the young generation of students was one step in moving towards a people-oriented Asean community.” “Our youths are the next generation of leaders and by promoting Asean awareness at an early age it will help us to move forward in unity to a peaceful and prosperous community,” said the ambassador. He said the Asean Committee in Doha had been playing an important role through its various steps “to promote and achieve the vision of an Asean community, to further strengthen mutual understanding and solidarity amongst Asean member states.”

To this end he announced the ACD’s plan to organise the Asean Festival Week in the coming months, featuring activities such as traditional dances, a fashion show, musical performances, a food exhibition, a tourism exhibition and handicrafts stalls. He asked for full support to ensure the success of the event aimed at fostering greater understanding and friendship among the Asean community here. Philippine Ambassador Crescente R Relacion, in his speech, said the celebration, aimed at instilling awareness and deeper understanding among the Asean community, was a fitting tribute to the efforts of the founding fathers of Asean 47 years ago. Relacion emphasised the significance of Asean Socio-Cultural Community, one of the three pillars of the Asean Economic Community set to be established by next year.

Officials from the embassies, the ambassador’s spouses, the PSD Board of Trustees and PTA officers as well as school officials, teachers, and students attended the colourful programme.

source: The Peninsula