At the closing ceremony of the 25th ASEAN Summit in Myanmar, I received the ASEAN Chair Gavel from President U Thein Sein.
This ceremony marked the handover of the ASEAN chairmanship from Myanmar to Malaysia.
2015 will be an historic year for ASEAN, as we declare the establishment of the ASEAN Community. Malaysia’s theme for its Chairmanship is “People-Centred ASEAN”. We want to provide more opportunities for our citizens to engage with ASEAN.
As ASEAN Chair 2015, Malaysia’s goal will be to achieve greater political, economic and social integration – to bring better jobs, stronger regional identity and lasting peace.