At the invitation of our new DC President, H.E. Ambassador Dato‘ Zulkifli Adnan and DC member, H.E. Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek, a DC Delegation attended the bi-annual meeting of the ASEAN ambassadors in Berlin. Ambassador Maria-Thomeczek is currently chairing the ASEAN ambassadors group and as a long-standing DC member has invited her colleagues to learn more about the DC. DC President, H.E. Ambassador Dato‘ Zulkifli Adnan is known to all members from the DC Gala 2017. In the last two years he attended the DC global healthcare conference and together with Secretary General handed over the prestigious DC Preferred Partner Hospitals seals to over 55 global medical facilities.
50th ASEAN anniversary
At the meeting in Berlin taking place at the Philippine residence, the ASEAN ambassadors, Secretary General Hang Nguyen and DC CEO to the UN Andreas Dripke decided on various joined activities. Already on March 15 the Vietnamese ambassador, H.E. Xuan Hung Doan will present his country at the „Salon Diplomatique et Economique“ in Mannheim. In the second quarter of 2017, a new and exclusive “Diplomatic Soiree” will be launched under the leadership of the Diplomatic Council. The Diplomatic Soiree provides the platform for ambassadors to meet with business leaders from the Diplomatic Council in a very select circle. This series of events will start with the ASEAN ambassadors in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as big as the EU
ASEAN is the association of Southeast Asian countries and comprises the following ten member states: Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam with a total of 600 million residents which corresponds to approximately 8% of the world population. Its size is comparable to the EU.
The world’s largest free trade area
On July 1, 2005 the China-ASEAN free trade agreement was established. It is the largest free trade area in the world with 1,7 billion people. After the elimination of the customers borders, this area is considered the largest domestic market – four times bigger than the EU.