50 years of ASEAN

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 r.

Secretary of State Jacek Bogucki attended today’s seminar on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations organized by the ASEAN Committee in Warsaw (ACW) in cooperation with the Centre for International Relations.

Photo. Secretary of State Jacek Bogucki at the seminar (photo by M. Jasiulewicz/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Photo. Secretary of State Jacek Bogucki at the seminar (photo by M. Jasiulewicz/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The seminar was attended by: current chair of the ASEAN Committee in Warsaw the Ambassador of the Philippine Republic Patricia Ann V. Paez, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Peter Frans Gontha, the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Vu Dang Dzung, the Ambassador of Malaysia Ahmad Fadil Bin Shamsuddin, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand Tachaphorn Suntrajarn.

During the seminar it was emphasized that the founding of ASEAN had brought the political, social, and cultural dimension of relations between the nations of South East Asia to a new, significantly higher level. For 50 years Member States remain in friendly relations, and reach their policy goals based on consensus, minimizing conflicts, and disputes in international politics. The Polish side enhances diplomatic presence, and promotional activities among Member States, and encourages Polish companies to use the potential of the region, and establish direct contacts with partners in the region.

Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as of January 1, 2016 operate within the framework of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The vision of a single market within the ASEAN Economic Community gives the momentum to organization. ASEAN market integration aims to create a single market for over 630 million people, facilitating the flow of goods, services, and investments that should form the basis of regional economic growth.

The single market in ASEAN countries opens up great expansion opportunities for Polish companies. This is a large, and significant market of growing importance in the global economy. The diversity of 10 markets is very high which creates additional opportunities for Polish companies inter alia from the agri-food sector. The value of exports of agri-food products to the whole region in 2016 amounted to almost EUR 210 million, while imports amounted to EUR 322.5 million. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is engaged in work aimed at broadening the access of Polish food to ASEAN markets.