Today, I welcomed ASEAN heads of states, their spouses and delegates to the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
In my opening address, I highlighted that 2015 will be a milestone in the history of ASEAN and that the vision of creating a single ASEAN Economic Community will be realised by the end of December 2015.
I also stressed that it is our collective duty this year to formulate a successor document to the Roadmap to Establish the ASEAN Community. This will provide the basis for how we further strengthen our unity and deepen our integration over the next ten year till 2025.
Finally, I reiterated that it is ASEAN’s time and that it is essential that we continue working together on the measures to establish the ASEAN Economic Community.