Publication: 2014-01-23



Name:Association of Southeast Asian Nations


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.


  • Indonesia

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Singapore

  • Thailand

  • Brunei Darussalam

  • Viet Nam

  • Lao PDR

  • Myanmar

  • Cambodia

  • ASEAN ChairAccording to Article 31 of the ASEAN Charter, the Chairmanship of ASEAN shall rotate annually, based on the alphabetical order of the English names of Member States. A Member State assuming the Chairmanship shall chair the ASEAN Summit and related summits, the ASEAN Coordinating Council, the three ASEAN Community Councils, relevant ASEAN Sectoral Ministerial Bodies and senior officials, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives. Myanmar is the Chair of ASEAN for 2014 and the theme of its ASEAN Chairmanship is "Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community." For more information on Myanmar's chairmanship:

  • ASEAN SecretariatThe ASEAN Secretariat was set up in February 1976 by the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN. It was then housed at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia in Jakarta. The existing ASEAN Secretariat at 70A Jalan Sisingamangaraja, Jakarta, was established and officiated in 1981 by the then President of Indonesia, H.E. Soeharto. The ASEAN Secretariat's basic function is to provide for greater efficiency in the coordination of ASEAN organs and for more effective implementation of ASEAN projects and activities. The ASEAN Secretariat's vision is that by 2015, it will be the nerve centre of a strong and confident ASEAN Community that is globally respected for acting in full compliance with its Charter and in the best interest of its people. The ASEAN Secretariat's mission is to initiate, facilitate and coordinate ASEAN stakeholder collaboration in realising the purposes and principles of ASEAN as reflected in the ASEAN Charter.

  • H.E. Le Luong MinhSecretary-General of ASEAN -- The Secretary-General of ASEAN is appointed by the ASEAN Summit for a non-renewable term of office of five years, selected from among nationals of the ASEAN Member States based on alphabetical rotation. The Secretary-General of ASEAN 2013 -2017 is H.E. Le Luong Minh from Viet Nam.

  • H.E. Nyan LynnDeputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political Security Community -- The DSG APSC supports SG in implementing the APSC Blueprint and strengthening relations with ASEAN Dialogue Partners and the international community... (date of commencement: 15 February 2012).

  • H.E. Dr. Lim Hong HinDeputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community -- The DSG AEC assists SG in supporting the realisation of the AEC by 2015. He oversees the implementation of the AEC Blueprint towards the establishment of a Single Market and Production Base, a competitive economic region characterised by equitable development, and a region that is fully plugged into the global economy... (date of commencement: 10 April 2012).

  • H.E. Alicia Dela Rosa BalaDeputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community The DSG ASCC supports SG in implementing the ASCC Blueprint. He oversees the implementation of projects under ASCC that focus on forging a common identity and building a caring and sharing society which is inclusive and where the well-being, livelihood and welfare of the peoples are enhanced... (date of commencement: 8 September 2012).

  • H.E. Dr. AKP MochtanDeputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs -- The DSG CCA assists SG and is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance on research, public affairs and outreach programmes for the ASEAN Community. He is also responsible for the implementation of corporate support functions, including core corporate services and ensuring clear prioritisation and alignment to overall policy objectives. The DSG CCA will ensure that ASEAN Secretariat has in place the systems, procedures and resources required to fulfil its mandate... (date of commencement: 16 August 2013).