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ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS

ESTABLISHMENT

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.

As of 2006, the ASEAN region has a population of about 560 million, a total area of 4.5 million square kilometers, a combined gross domestic product of almost US$ 1,100 billion, and a total trade of about US$ 1,400 billion.

OBJECTIVES

The ASEAN Declaration states that the aims and purposes of the Association are: (1) to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region and (2) to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter.

The ASEAN Vision 2020, adopted by the ASEAN Leaders on the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN, agreed on a shared vision of ASEAN as a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.

In 2003, the ASEAN Leaders resolved that an ASEAN Community shall be established comprising three pillars, namely, ASEAN Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.



FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

ASEAN Member Countries have adopted the following fundamental principles in their relations with one another, as contained in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC):

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mutual respect for the independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity, and national identity of all nations;
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the right of every State to lead its national existence free from external interference, subversion or coercion;

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non-interference in the internal affairs of one another;
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settlement of differences or disputes by peaceful manner;
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renunciation of the threat or use of force; and
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effective cooperation among themselves.


ASEAN SECURITY COMMUNITY

Through political dialogue and confidence building, no tension has escalated into armed confrontation among ASEAN Member Countries since its establishment more than three decades ago.

To build on what has been constructed over the years in the field of political and security cooperation, the ASEAN Leaders have agreed to establish the ASEAN Security Community (ASC). The ASC shall aim to ensure that countries in the region live at peace with one another and with the world in a just, democratic and harmonious environment.

The members of the Community pledge to rely exclusively on peaceful processes in the settlement of intra-regional differences and regard their security as fundamentally linked to one another and bound by geographic location, common vision and objectives. It has the following components: political development; shaping and sharing of norms; conflict prevention; conflict resolution; post-conflict peace building; and implementing mechanisms. It will be built on the strong foundation of ASEAN processes, principles, agreements, and structures, which evolved over the years and are contained in the following major political agreements:

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ASEAN Declaration, Bangkok, 8 August 1967;
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Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality Declaration, Kuala Lumpur, 27 November 1971;

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Declaration of ASEAN Concord, Bali, 24 February 1976;
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Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, Bali, 24 February 1976;
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ASEAN Declaration on the South China Sea, Manila, 22 July 1992;
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Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone, Bangkok, 15 December 1997;
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ASEAN Vision 2020, Kuala Lumpur, 15 December 1997; and
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Declaration of ASEAN Concord II, Bali, 7 October 2003.

In recognition of security interdependence in the Asia-Pacific region, ASEAN established the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in 1994. The ARFís agenda aims to evolve in three broad stages, namely the promotion of confidence building, development of preventive diplomacy and elaboration of approaches to conflicts.

The present participants in the ARF include: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Democratic Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea (ROK), Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and Viet Nam.

The ARF discusses major regional security issues in the region, including the relationship amongst the major powers, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, transnational crime, South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula, among others.



ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY

The ASEAN Economic Community shall be the end-goal of economic integration measures as outlined in the ASEAN Vision 2020. Its goal is to create a stable, prosperous and highly competitive ASEAN economic region in which there is a free flow of goods, services, investment and a freer flow of capital, equitable economic development and reduced poverty and socio-economic disparities in year 2020.

The ASEAN Economic Community shall establish ASEAN as a single market and production base, turning the diversity that characterises the region into opportunities for business complementation and making the ASEAN a more dynamic and stronger segment of the global supply chain. ASEANís strategy shall consist of the integration of ASEAN and enhancing ASEANís economic competitiveness.

In moving towards the ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN has agreed on the following:

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institute new mechanisms and measures to strengthen the implementation of its existing economic initiatives including the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) and ASEAN Investment Area (AIA);
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accelerate regional integration in the following priority sectors by 2010: air travel, agro-based products, automotives, e-commerce, electronics, fisheries, healthcare, rubber-based products, textiles and apparels, tourism, and wood-based products.

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facilitate movement of business persons, skilled labour and talents; and
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strengthen the institutional mechanisms of ASEAN, including the improvement of the existing ASEAN Dispute Settlement Mechanism to ensure expeditious and legally-binding resolution of any economic disputes.

Launched in 1992, the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) is now in place. It aims to promote the regionís competitive advantage as a single production unit. The elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers among Member Countries is expected to promote greater economic efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness.

As of 1 January 2005, tariffs on almost 99 percent of the products in the Inclusion List of the ASEAN-6 (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand) have been reduced to no more than 5 percent. More than 60 percent of these products have zero tariffs. The average tariff for ASEAN-6 has been brought down from more than 12 percent when AFTA started to 2 percent today. For the newer Member Countries, namely, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV), tariffs on about 81 percent of their Inclusion List have been brought down to within the 0-5 percent range.

Other major integration-related economic activities of ASEAN include the following:

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Roadmap for Financial and Monetary Integration of ASEAN in four areas, namely, capital market development, capital account liberalisation, liberalisation of financial services and currency cooperation;
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trans-ASEAN transportation network consisting of major inter-state highway and railway networks, including the Singapore to Kunming Rail-Link, principal ports, and sea lanes for maritime traffic, inland waterway transport, and major civil aviation links;

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Roadmap for Integration of Air Travel Sector;
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interoperability and interconnectivity of national telecommunications equipment and services, including the ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators Council Sectoral Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ATRC-MRA) on Conformity Assessment for Telecommunications Equipment;
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trans-ASEAN energy networks, which consist of the ASEAN Power Grid and the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline Projects;
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Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) focusing on infrastructure, human resource development, information and communications technology, and regional economic integration primarily in the CLMV countries;
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Visit ASEAN Campaign and the private sector-led ASEAN Hip-Hop Pass to promote intra-ASEAN tourism; and
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Agreement on the ASEAN Food Security Reserve.

ASEAN SOCIO-CULTURAL COMMUNITY

The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, in consonance with the goal set by ASEAN Vision 2020, envisages a Southeast Asia bonded together in partnership as a community of caring societies and founded on a common regional identity.

The Community shall foster cooperation in social development aimed at raising the standard of living of disadvantaged groups and the rural population, and shall seek the active involvement of all sectors of society, in particular women, youth, and local communities.

ASEAN shall ensure that its work force shall be prepared for, and benefit from, economic integration by investing more resources for basic and higher education, training, science and technology development, job creation, and social protection.

ASEAN shall further intensify cooperation in the area of public health, including in the prevention and control of infectious and communicable diseases.

The development and enhancement of human resources is a key strategy for employment generation, alleviating poverty and socio-economic disparities, and ensuring economic growth with equity.

Among the on-going activities of ASEAN in this area include the following:

* ASEAN Work Programme for Social Welfare, Family, and Population;
* ASEAN Work Programme on HIV/AIDS;
* ASEAN Work Programme on Community-Based Care for the Elderly;
* ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network;
* ASEAN Work Programme on Preparing ASEAN Youth for Sustainable Employment and Other Challenges of Globalisation;
* ASEAN University Network (AUN) promoting collaboration among seventeen member universities ASEAN;
* ASEAN Students Exchange Programme, Youth Cultural Forum, and the ASEAN Young Speakers Forum;
* The Annual ASEAN Culture Week, ASEAN Youth Camp and ASEAN Quiz;
* ASEAN Media Exchange Programme; and
* Framework for Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) and ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

The ASEAN Vision 2020 affirmed an outward-looking ASEAN playing a pivotal role in the international community and advancing ASEANís common interests.

Building on the Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation of 1999, cooperation between the Southeast and Northeast Asian countries has accelerated with the holding of an annual summit among the leaders of ASEAN, China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) within the ASEAN Plus Three process.

ASEAN Plus Three relations continue to expand and deepen in the areas of security dialogue and cooperation, transnational crime, trade and investment, environment, finance and monetary, agriculture and forestry, energy, tourism, health, labour, culture and the arts, science and technology, information and communication technology, social welfare and development, youth, and rural development and poverty eradication. There are now thirteen ministerial-level meetings under the ASEAN Plus Three process.

Bilateral trading arrangements have been or are being forged between ASEAN Member Countries and China, Japan, and the ROK. These arrangements will serve as the building blocks of an East Asian Free Trade Area as a long term goal.

ASEAN continues to develop cooperative relations with its Dialogue Partners, namely, Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, the ROK, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, and the United Nations Development Programme. ASEAN also promotes cooperation with Pakistan in some areas of mutual interest.

Consistent with its resolve to enhance cooperation with other developing regions, ASEAN maintains contact with other inter-governmental organisations, namely, the Economic Cooperation Organisation, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Rio Group, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, the South Pacific Forum, and through the recently established Asian-African Sub-Regional Organisation Conference.

Most ASEAN Member Countries also participate actively in the activities of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the East Asia-Latin America Forum (EALAF).



STRUCTURES AND MECHANISMS

The highest decision-making organ of ASEAN is the Meeting of the ASEAN Heads of State and Government. The ASEAN Summit is convened every year. The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (Foreign Ministers) is held annually.

Ministerial meetings on the following sectors are also held regularly: agriculture and forestry, economics (trade), energy, environment, finance, health, information, investment, labour, law, regional haze, rural development and poverty alleviation, science and technology, social welfare, telecommunications, transnational crime, transportation, tourism, youth. Supporting these ministerial bodies are committees of senior officials, technical working groups and task forces.

To support the conduct of ASEANís external relations, ASEAN has established committees composed of heads of diplomatic missions in the following capitals: Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Canberra, Geneva, Islamabad, London, Moscow, New Delhi, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Riyadh, Seoul, Tokyo, Washington D.C. and Wellington.

The Secretary-General of ASEAN is appointed on merit and accorded ministerial status. The Secretary-General of ASEAN, who has a five-year term, is mandated to initiate, advise, coordinate, and implement ASEAN activities. The members of the professional staff of the ASEAN Secretariat are appointed on the principle of open recruitment and region-wide competition.

ASEAN has several specialized bodies and arrangements promoting inter-governmental cooperation in various fields including the following: ASEAN Agricultural Development Planning Centre, ASEAN-EC Management Centre, ASEAN Centre for Energy, ASEAN Earthquake Information Centre, ASEAN Foundation, ASEAN Poultry Research and Training Centre, ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, ASEAN Rural Youth Development Centre, ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Centre, ASEAN Timber Technology Centre, ASEAN Tourism Information Centre, and the ASEAN University Network.

In addition, ASEAN promotes dialogue and consultations with professional and business organisations with related aims and purposes, such as the ASEAN-Chambers of Commerce and Industry, ASEAN Business Forum, ASEAN Tourism Association, ASEAN Council on Petroleum, ASEAN Ports Association, Federation of ASEAN Shipowners, ASEAN Confederation of Employers, ASEAN Fisheries Federation, ASEAN Vegetable Oils Club, ASEAN Intellectual Property Association, and the ASEAN-Institutes for Strategic and International Studies. Furthermore, there are 58 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), which have formal affiliations with ASEAN.

More information on ASEAN can be found at the ASEAN Internet homepage at www.aseansec.org.
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ASEAN 2009: Time to deal with illegal fishing
Edi Suharto , , Jakarta | Mon, 03/24/2008 1:10 AM | Opinion

Illegal fishing in Indonesia should be proportionally addressed, with a regional mechanism, so it can be more thoroughly resolved.

ASEAN, as a regional organization established more than 40 years ago, unfortunately has yet to address this issue properly.

This paper will focus on why it is not only timely, but also essential, to tackle illegal fishing within a regional context, both for Indonesia as well as for ASEAN.

Such a move would be in keeping with existing efforts to establish an ASEAN Community, comprising political security, economic and sociocultural communities, by 2015.

From a national viewpoint, addressing illegal fishing is a serious business. According to Antara news agency, Indonesia loses some US$3 billion a year to illegal fishing.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs stated that illegal fishing occurs every day in Indonesian waters (Antara, May 2007).

Moreover, the country suffers environmental damage caused by illegal fishing (Walhi, December 2006). Illegal fishing, it said, results in between 1.5 and 3 million tons of fish being taken from Indonesia each year (Forum Keadilan. No. 20/03-09 September 2007).

Many Indonesian fishermen have become involved in illegal fishing in Australian waters because rampant poaching by foreign trawlers was reducing fish stocks in local waters, former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Imron Cottan once said (Antara, Feb. 19, 2007).

From a regional perspective, all ASEAN members are either archipelagic or coastal states (except Laos), thus the fisheries sector plays an important role in national and regional development.

In terms of regional employment and income opportunities, more than 4 million people are engaged in the capture and cultivation of fish, as their primary economic activity on a full or part-time basis, in small-scale or commercial businesses.

The number of people employed in fisheries related industries is estimated to be around 20 million.

The issue of illegal fishing has indeed been addressed by the ASEAN through its Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi). The group works in coordination with the Senior Officials Meeting of ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF), and AMAF itself, at the ministerial forum.

ASWGFi has held 15 meetings so far. The most recent, in Singapore in May 2007, agreed to a review of the Strategic Plan of Action on ASEAN Cooperation in Fisheries for 2005-2010.

At a broader level, there is also a Letter of Understanding (LoU) between both the secretary-general of ASEAN and of the South East Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). This was signed Nov 2006, at the 6th AMAF+3 in Singapore, to promote cooperation on sustainable fisheries management in the region.

As recent hosts of a regional ministerial meeting, in Bali last May, Indonesia also furthered regional cooperation on Illegal, Unregistered and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.

With aims to promote responsible fishing practices and combat IUU fishing, the meeting granted a common and collaborative approach, targeting the South China, Sulu-Sulawesi and Arafura-Timor Seas.

It also reaffirmed the region's common understanding that its shared fish stocks were both a very important source of food for the regional population and local export commodity.

It further agreed that regional cooperation was essential, particularly to sustain fisheries resources, ensure food security and alleviate poverty.

At a bilateral level, Indonesia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and reiterated the importance of bilateral cooperation with (among others) Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Through Indonesia's MOU with Australia, both parties touched upon issues including combating illegal fishing, partnership, cooperation and participation in the Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO).

MOUs between Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines reaffirmed commitments to cooperate in marine and fisheries sectors.

Unfortunately, these efforts have not shown any significant results yet. None of the above efforts to cooperate, including through ASEAN's perspective, have brought about a resolution -- illegal fishing continues to be a problem in Indonesia.

Clearly, the problem is not unresolved as a result of legal obstacles. International laws have provided mechanisms to address the practice of illegal fishing and have also encouraged countries to settle cases within a regional context (RFMO).

The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), for example, stipulates where the same fish stock (or stocks of associated species) occur within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and in an area beyond or adjacent to it, states can either initiate some measures to conserve the stocks or enter into regional or sub-regional agreements (Article 63 UNCLOS) to do so. Similarly States may enter into cooperative agreements to manage and conserve fish stocks on the high seas (Article 118 UNCLOS).

Meanwhile, Law No. 31/2004 on fisheries has mandated the Government of Indonesia to actively participate in regional and international cooperation to tackle illegal fishing.

Bearing in mind the ASEAN Charter, signed in Singapore at the latest ASEAN summit in November 2007, is hoped to come into full effect by the next summit in November 2008, it is timely we take a bold approach to properly address illegal fishing.

If Indonesia takes all necessary efforts to reach such an end, once the charter is ratified (with the organization's decisions being legally binding) countries will become obligated to implement all agreements, including those surrounding IUU fishing.

While many Indonesians are questioning the benefits of pursuing ASEAN Community 2015, with the charter ratified by all members and the so-called 'sharing and caring community' on-track, I am sure it is time we asked ourselves: how can we utilize ASEAN, for our national benefit, to combat illegal fishing which has so seriously affected Indonesia?
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New thread, eh. Great lah, mas dyto.
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Where's East Timor on the member list?
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East Timor currently is not a member of ASEAN and has been just invited as an observer during ASEAN summit meeting. CMIIW.
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ASEAN ???? Is it really working ?????

Never heard any ASEAN (wahteva) unless from Geography book :p ..... Never think that's even existed :p .... Sowwwyyyy
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Where is Headquater of ASEAN?? Jakarta?? Some one have a picture of ASEAN Building???
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gee...i hate ASEAN. it's simply rubbish. why? bcoz asean members love fighting over small/stupid issues...

if EU members feel proud raising the blue and yellow stars flag, me on the other hand think asean is an embarrassement...

malaysia should get his ass out from asean...
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but Sorry, I'm proud with ASEAN
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ASEAN is definitely a success . Many agreements and pacts signed by ASEAN members enable smooth penetration between ASEAN markets and flow of tourists between its members.

My Bangladeshi friend said he needs visa to travel into all SAARC ( South Asia version of ASEAN / EU ) countries. But this is not the case for ASEAN.
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what is the point of ASEAN if they can't even resolve desperate situations such as Myanmmar?
is ASEAN is just an economic bloc? or is it actually more than that?
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ASEAN is definitely a success . Many agreements and pacts signed by ASEAN members enable smooth penetration between ASEAN markets and flow of tourists between its members.

My Bangladeshi friend said he needs visa to travel into all SAARC ( South Asia version of ASEAN / EU ) countries. But this is not the case for ASEAN.
yup easier travel. No need visas.

How about single currency like euro? Is it needed yet?
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kayanya belum perlu deh mata uang khusus..

eh bentar lagi ada AFF Cup Lho..
( ASEAN Football Federations ) Cup


Indonesia Tuan Rumah Piala AFF 2008

Kesempatan menjadi tuan rumah turnamen sepakbola antar negara Asia Tenggara (AFF Cup) diberikan kepada Indonesia. Untuk kejuaraan Piala AFF 2008 nanti, Indonesia ditunjuk oleh AFF (Federasi Sepakbola Asia Tenggara) menjadi tuan rumah bersama Thailand.

Indonesia dipastikan kembali akan menjadi tuan rumah turnamen sepakbola internasional. Setelah sebelumnya menjadi salah satu tuan rumah Piala Asia 2007, kali ini Indonesia kembali mendapat kepercayaan menjadi tuan rumah Piala AFF 2008.

Bersama Thailand, Indonesia diberi kepercayaan untuk menjadi tuan rumah turnamen yang dulu dikenal dengan Piala Tiger. Sesuai rencana, perhelatan turnamen akbar antar negara Asia Tenggara ini bakal digelar 5 - 28 Desember 2008 mendatang.

Penunjukan Indonesia dan Thailand tersebut diperoleh pada sidang Federasi Sepakbola Asia Tenggara (AFF) di Bali, 22-23 Desemeber lalu. Meski demikian, kedua negara ini masih harus memenuhi beberapa syarat yang diberikan. Jika tidak, maka AFF telah menyiapkan Vietnam sebagai alternatif tuan rumah.

Bagi Indonesia, penunjukan ini adalah yang kedua kalinya. Sebab, ketika masih berlabel Piala Tiger 2002 silam, Indonesia menjadi tuan rumah turnamen ini. "Penunjukan ini merupakan kepercayaan yang berharga buat Indonesia. Untuk itu, kami akan berusaha memenuhi persyaratan yang ditetapkan AFF," ujar Sekjan PSSI, Nugraha Besoes.

Lebih lanjut, pria yang akrab disapa Kang Nug ini menambahkan, dengan terpilihnya Indonesia menjadi tuan rumah, maka kans tim 'Merah Putih' untuk menjadi kampiun diajang ini cukup terbuka. Apalagi, sejak turnamen ini digulirkan 1996 silam, Indonesia belum sekali pun meraih juara. *Yuslan Kisra
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DPR Desak ASEAN Ratifikasi Piagam

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Wakil Ketua Komisi I DPR RI Yusron Ihza Mahendra mengatakan, meski isi Piagam ASEAN (ASEAN CHARTER) belum ideal, namun sebaiknya tetap diratifikasi.

"Jika tidak diratifikasi maka kami (DPR) cemas Piagam ASEAN akan 'buyar'. Kalau demikian, maka ASEAN akan rugi," katanya di Jakarta, Rabu.

Komisi I telah mengundang sejumlah nara sumber untuk memberikan masukan mengenai Piagam ASEAN.

"Isinya memang belum ideal, misalnya pasal tentang hak asasi. Namun, beberapa tahun kemudian diharapkan Piagam ASEAN ini diamandemen sehingga sesuai dengan keinginan," ujarnya.

Sementara itu, ditemui di Kantor Departemen Luar Negeri, Dirjen Kerjasama ASEAN, Dian Triansyah Djani mengatakan, akan menyerahkan Piagam ASEAN pada parlemen di bulan April 2008.

Saat ini, masih dilakukan proses penterjemahan dan sosialisasi pada sejumlah pihak seperti pelaku bisnis, organisasi nonpemerintah, universitas serta parlemen.

"Saya yakin Piagam ASEAN lebih banyak manfaatnya daripada mudharat-nya. Harapan saya dapat diratifikasi sedini mungkin," katanya.

Hingga saat ini sejumlah negara ASEAN yang telah meratifikasi yaitu Singapura, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, dan Laos.

"Masing-masing negara memiliki sistem yang berbeda. Target kami, hingga akhir tahun (2008) telah selesai (ratifikasi)," ujarnya.

Sementara itu, pada Rabu (27/3), Direktorat Jenderal Kerjasama ASEAN, Departemen Luar Negeri mengadakan sosialisasi dan dialog tentang Piagam ASEAN dengan asosiasi bisnis di Indonesia dan perusahaan swasta maupun nasional.

Dalam acara tersebut hadir Menteri Perdagangan (Mendag) Mari Elka Pangestu. Mendag hadir untuk menjelaskan tentang Piagam ASEAN dan menjawab pertanyaan pserta diskusi seputar manfaat Piagam ASEAN bagi Indonesia.

"Ini (Piagam ASEAN) sudah menjadi komitmen," ujarnya.

Sebelumnya, pada KTT ASEAN ke-13 di Singapura (19-22 November 2007) ditandatangani dua dokumen dalam rangka kerjasama yaitu Piagam ASEAN dan Cetak Biru Asean Economic Community.

Piagam tersebut berisi komitmen negara-negara ASEAN untuk membangun komunitas ASEAN.

Dengan terbentuknya Komunitas ini maka ASEAN akan menjadi pasar tunggal dan basis produksi yang kompetitif dan terintegrasi, dengan memfasilitasi arus perdagangan, investasi, arus modal pergerakan pelaku usaha, dan pergerakan tenaga kerja yang lebih bebas.(*)

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Old March 27th, 2008, 07:54 AM   #17
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I think the most tangible benefit of ASEAN is the visa free travel among citizens of member countries. But for other issues, I am unsure.
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Woo go ASEAN! I think we should build a bridge between Philippines and Borneo.. and another linking Sumatra to the peninsula.
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I think the most tangible benefit of ASEAN is the visa free travel among citizens of member countries. But for other issues, I am unsure.
Which, unfortunately, isn't really beneficial to the people of most developing countries within ASEAN itself as they don't even have the money to travel (and I'm not even talking about the fiscal/exit tax or whatever they wanna call it).
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