The former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Delia Domingo-Albert said ASEAN citizens must think more about what they can do to make ASEAN better rather than on what ASEAN can do for them.
Secretary Albert adopted the Kennedy-ish slogan for the audience at the ASEAN Roundtable 2017 organized by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute at the Raffles Convention Centre on Monday, 2 October 2017 where she served as one of the distinguished members of the panel for the session on “Rethinking ASEAN”. She was responding to the issue on people setting high expectations from the regional organization, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Secretary Albert was joined by former ASEAN Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong and Dr. Michale Vatikiotis, Regional Director, Asia Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in the session, which was moderated by Associate Professor Herman Kraft of the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman.
During her presentation, Secretary Albert reflected on the last 50 years of ASEAN and on what the future might bring for the regional association. She also spoke on the Philippine 2017 chairmanship and on possible steps that ASEAN, ASEAN Member States and ASEAN citizens could take to enable the organization to stay relevant amidst the constantly evolving regional and global realities.
In addition to the ASEAN Roundtable 2017, Secretary Albert will also speak during the Societal Leadership Summit 2017 at the Singapore Management University on 6 October 2017.