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Senior officials gear up for ASEAN summit

MANILA — Senior officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kicked off on Wednesday a three-day meeting here to discuss preparations for the leaders' summit next month.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is convening the Joint Consultative Meeting (JCM) to deliberate on the proposed outcome documents to be adopted or issued by the leaders in November.
DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar, in an earlier interview, said the high-level officials of ASEAN were working on key statements and declarations, including the migrant workers' protection instrument and those on countering terrorist financing and climate change.
The JCM is a cross-sector body composed of senior officials from the Ministries in charge of foreign affairs, economy and socio-cultural affairs of the ASEAN member states.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Enrique Manalo will chair the meeting, which will also consider the logistic preparations for the Summit.
Manalo will be joined by Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Florita Villar, Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Anna Maria Diaz-Robeniol, and Philippine Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso.
After the JCM, the ASEAN foreign affairs officials will meet with their counterparts from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea under the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Senior Officials Meeting.
They will also meet with the senior officials of the East Asia Summit (EAS), which includes Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and the United States.
The APT and EAS senior officials meeting will discuss preparations, including the outcome documents, for the 20th ASEAN Plus Three Summit and 12th East Asia Summit also in November. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Oct-12 08.03.24 UTC+0800