The 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit was formally closed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as he turned over the chairmanship to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Tuesday night.
In his speech, the president thanked his fellow leaders for the fruitful and productive exchanges on several issues involving ASEAN nations and the world in general.
“As the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN draws to a close, I reiterate my commitment that my country, as ASEAN Chair, will remain steadfast in upholding the ideals and values we hold dear and in working for the realization of our shared aspirations,” Duterte said.
At the closing ceremony, PM Lee said that Singapore’s chairmanship, which starts officially in January, will focus on the themes of “resilience” and “innovation”.
“If we can, during our chairmanship, through these tangible, useful ideas, make ASEAN more effective, strengthen our co-operation with our neighbors, I think it means for Singapore a stabler world to live in, a safer South-east Asia in which we can operate, a more prosperous region in which we can grow our economy (and) expand our markets (and) seize opportunities which will be there.”