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6 April 2017 | Shangri-La Resort Mactan (Pleasantries) Welcome to the Island of Mactan. We want first to thank our gracious hosts, the people of Mactan, Cebu, for hosting this wonderful meeting. As you know, Cebu is not blessed with large tracts of alluvial plains that are conducive to agriculture, but that was a blessing…

3 APRIL 2017 | SHANGRI-LA’S MACTAN, CEBU Let me begin by extending a warm Filipino welcome to all of our guests joining us for this debate. As you may agree, the operative word in my greeting is “warm”. Talking about the weather – it was raining early thing morning, which was followed by sunshine, then…

21 March 2017 | Bacolod City Good morning ladies and gentlemen, Our friends from the media The Southeast Asian Region is composed of 630 million people, with a diverse number of ethnicities, religions, and languages. Ever since its inception on August 8, 1967, ASEAN has grown to ten member countries, covering more than 1.7 million…

16 March 2017 | Manila The Philippines is honored to be the Chair of ASEAN, during a very important milestone, the celebration of its 50th anniversary. I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the Philippines’ ASEAN National Organizing Council. Their competence and diligence have made Philippine-hosted ASEAN meetings and gatherings this year run…

March 14-16 2017 | Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City Mr. Mark Steel, Mr. Datu Jayasiri Jayasena, Mr. Faisal Naru, Ms. Celine Kauffman, Distinguished delegates, Esteemed participants, Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. On behalf of the National Economic and Development Authority, welcome to the third ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practice Network Meeting, and welcome to the Philippines….

14 March 2017 | Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City The easiest and the fastest way to participate in the conference is to give the opening remarks and/or the closing remarks. And that task happens to fall on the head of delegation of the country hosting this year’s 50th anniversary of ASEAN. So that’s lucky for…

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