50TH Anniversary of ASEAN marked on May 8th, 2017, in Aula Magna of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE)

 On the 17th of August, 2017 the ASOCIATION OF THE SOUTHEAST ASIA NATIONS – ASEAN is marking its 50th Anniversary as driving force of the regional architecture in this part of the world in the Century of Asia.

Taking into consideration the importance of the moment in ASEAN’s progress and with the intention to make young students to realize it, on May 8, 2017, based on the Agreement of Cooperation with the University of Economic Studies (ASE), in the framework of the “International Week” declared by ASE, IRSEA together with the Faculty of International Business and Economics organized a conference called “ASEAN DAY” dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN. It was the first such event that took place so far in Romania this year.

Before the event started, the Chief Guests and main Speakers - the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Mr DIAR NURBINTORO, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Malaysia, H.E. Dato’ TAJUL AMAN  MOHAMAD and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, H.E. Mr TRAN THANH CONG were received by Prof. MARIUS PROFIROIU, Vice Rector, in charged with International  Relationships of ASE, attended by Prof. DOREL PARASCHIV, Vice Rector, in charged with the Relationships with economic and social environment and student life,  Prof. GHEORGHE HURDUZEU, Dean, Faculty of  International Business and Economics and Prof. Anca Ilie, Vice Dean, Faculty of International Business and Economics.

The main Speakers and the Moderator were introduced to the audience by Prof. Gheorghe Hurduzeu, Dean of the Faculty for Business and Economics. 

The three carrier diplomats that served with full devotion and dedication  their countries have exceptionally and in a high class style emphasised  the results achieved by ASEAN by presenting, in the same order as above, selective topics on “Introduction to ASEAN and ASEAN Connectivity”, “ASEAN - EU Relations and ASEAN - EU Free Trade Agreement” and “Tourism in ASEAN”.

The moderator was Former Ambassador Gheorghe Savuica, President of IRSEA, who himself is a carrier diplomat and a specialist on Southeast Asia, speaker of Bahasa Indonesia, who served as Head of the Romanian Diplomatic Missions to Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, and Finland/Estonia, and  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Indonesia and Pakistan.

In the audience there were more than 100 students from the University of Economic Studies (ASE), primarily from the Faculty of International Business and Economics, who had the pleasant chance to enter into a vibrant Q&A session with their Excellences representing Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam.

At the end of the event, Prof. Gheorhe Hurduzeu presented “Certificate of Excellence” to the main Speakers and Moderator on behalf of the Faculty of International Business and Economics, Bucharest.

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View point expressed by the Moderator

The Southeast Asian countries back into 1967 when they were confronted with cold war and the necessity to consolidate their newly gained independence and the formation as emerging forces they needed a regional cooperation. It goes to the merit of well-known and illustrious leaders of the five founder countries- Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, who opted in favour of an economic organization and not a military bloc.

The overall  fundamental principles adopted  as foundation of ASEAN construction and particularly   respect for the independence and national sovereignty and non-interference being it world or regional into internal affairs are still fresh in importance for all now 10 ASEAN member countries and were preserved, defended, unaltered, clean and applied with real goodwill by each and all of them.

ASEAN so far has passed through three important steps: exclusive economic regional organization; primarily economic regional organization with added political, security and social –cultural dimensions; and regional organization in full process of political, security, economic and socio-cultural integration, which led in 2015 to ASEAN COMMUNITY based on three pillars: the Political-Security Community, Economic Community and Socio-Cultural Community.

ASEAN COMMUNITY is developing without hesitations or second thoughts towards the target of „one vision, one identity, one community”, as it comprised in the document adopted at the end of 2015 by the Head of States at ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur -“ASEAN 2025: FORGING AHEAD TOGHETHER”  

The prestigious results achieved by ASEAN are coming as a proof for the position adopted and announced  by Romania in 1967 on the creation of ASEAN by officially recognising it as genuine economic regional organization as per its documents. By doing so, Romania was one from the very few countries at that time to declare from the outset such a realistic political and diplomatic recognition. Many other countries initially viewed ASEAN as a substitute to the military bloc of that time called Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

As far as the relations between Romania and ASEAN as organization are concerned the most vivid step is the concurrent accreditation to ASEAN of Romania’s Ambassador to Indonesia. Bucharest  supports and is part of the European Union strategy for developping  relations with ASEAN.

There are expections that Romania, likewise some several other memberes of the European Union,and not only, will try to identify the most appropriate avenues from the diverse and vast existing ways and means provided by ASEAN structure and rules to enter as well into a direct bilateral partnership with ASEAN as organization.

 For further information please read the presentations of our main speakers available here