Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs and ASEAN-Philippines National Secretariat Director-General Junever M. Mahilum-West (third from left), representing Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy and Philippine SOM Leader Enrique A. Manalo, joins the ASEAN-ROK Senior Officials and the ASEAN Deputy Secretary General at the 23rd ASEAN–ROK Dialogue held in Bandar Seri Begawan on 02-03 July 2019.
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The Philippines actively participated in discussions to further advance ASEAN relations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) at the recently-concluded 23rd ASEAN–ROK Dialogue in Bandar Seri Begawan on 02-03 July 2019.

The Philippine delegation headed by DFA Assistant Secretary Junever M. Mahilum-West, took the lead during the meeting’s exchange of views on climate change, disaster and environmental protection.

Other topics that were discussed during the Dialogue include regional connectivity, counter-terrorism and transnational crimes; maritime cooperation, fisheries and marine conservation; ASEAN-ROK Free Trade Agreement (AKFTA); ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC); developments of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the ASEAN-ROK Business Council; food and energy security; regional connectivity; people-to-people exchanges and the ASEAN Culture House (ACH). The meeting also tackled regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The meeting was co-chaired by Brunei Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Dayang Emaleen binti Abdul Rahman Teo and ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-Gu.

Brunei Darussalam is the Country Coordinator for the ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations for 2018-2021.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the ASEAN-ROK Partnership, which would culminate in the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in November in Busan. END


Assistant Secretary Mahilum-West delivers her intervention at the 23rd ASEAN–ROK Dialogue. (Brunei PE photo)


The 23rd ASEAN–ROK Dialogue held at the International Convention Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan.
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Philippine Ambassador Christopher B. Montero (rightmost) receives Assistant Secretary Mahilum-West and DFA-ASEAN Director for External Relations Reginald S. Bernabe during their visit to the Philippine Embassy.
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