JAKARTA, 1 April 2022 – The High-Level Task Force (HLTF) on ASEAN Community’s Post-2025 Vision held itsfirst meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat on 31 March to 1 April to discuss the Work Plan for the HLTF in 2022, Rules of Procedures (RoP) of the HLTF, and core elements of the Post-2025 Vision.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Cambodia, as the ASEAN Chair, and Malaysia, as the Permanent Shepherd of the HTLF, and attended by HLTF members from all ten ASEAN Member States.

Cambodia as co-chair emphasised that addressing traditional and non-traditional threats necessitate joint action and response, especially in the context of megatrends and a rapidly changing geopolitical and economic landscape.

Malaysia as co-chair noted that there is a “strong and genuine desire among all ASEAN Member States to harness opportunities and address the challenges in the most collaborative, accommodating and constructive way possible.”

Composed of Eminent Persons (EPs), High-Level Representatives (HLRs) from each ASEAN Member State and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, the HLTF is mandated to develop the ASEAN Community’s Vision beyond 2025.

The HLTF has officially commenced its work with the adoption of its RoP and its workplan for 2022. The ASEAN Secretariat, led by Secretary-General of ASEAN, provided updates on the current state of affairs of ASEAN Community building and shared views on the Post-2025 Vision.

The HLTF also had an interface with the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) as part of its stakeholders’ consultation.

Moreover, the HLTF is implementing the Ha Noi Declaration on the ASEAN Community’s Post-2025 Vision issued by the ASEAN Leaders at the 37th ASEAN Summit in November 2020, which stipulates that the “development of a Post-2025 Vision shall be pursued in a comprehensive, pragmatic, balanced, inclusive and coordinated manner; taking a whole-of-Community approach to synergise efforts across the ASEAN Community Pillars and among its sectoral bodies to address the increasing complexity of opportunities and challenges facing ASEAN”.

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