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CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT OF THE 31ST ASEAN SUMMIT 13 NOVEMBER 2017, MANILA, PHILIPPINES

4th installment
Inclusive Business
63. We welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN Inclusive Business (IB) Framework by the ASEAN Economic Ministers, which institutionalizes and mainstreams IB into ASEAN’s economic community-building efforts, particularly on MSME development. We recognized the role of Inclusive Business models in achieving the ASEAN Economic Community Vision 2025of a resilient, inclusive, people-oriented and people-centered community, through market driven and innovative solutions to economic empowerment and social impact to over 300 million people at the Base of the Pyramid in ASEAN.

64. We acknowledged the strong support for Inclusive Business in ASEAN expressed through the successful conduct of the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit held in Manila on 6 September 2017 and the ASEAN-Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) inaugural ASEAN Inclusive Business Award 2017. We also acknowledged that several companies and governments in ASEAN have taken advantage of Inclusive Business opportunities for poverty reduction and recognized the ASEAN Inclusive Business Awardees for paving new pathways to achieve our socio-economic development goals.

65. We called for greater emphasis on creating an enabling environment for Inclusive Businesses in ASEAN Member States through conducive rules and regulations, enhanced access to financial resources, awareness raising and education, and capacity building for both businessmen and women, and poor communities. In this regard, we have referenced the Inclusive Business Framework by G20 and noted the increasing recognition of Inclusive Business on a global, regional and national policy level. We therefore look forward to ASEAN playing an active role in positioning the ASEAN perspective on Inclusive Business in the global policy discussion.


Tourism
66. We were pleased to note the successful conduct of the Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration campaign through various promotional activities at international events and online marketing in collaboration with key partners at both ASEAN and national levels to commemorate the 50th ASEAN Anniversary and showcase ASEAN as a single tourism destination. In sustaining the Campaign’s effort and enhancing the competitiveness and awareness of ASEAN as a single tourism destination, we welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy (ATMS) 2017-2020 that would provide a framework and strategic marketing direction prioritizing the promotion of intra-ASEAN travel. We also noted the full implementation of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) with the completion of all toolboxes, and training of master trainers and master assessors for all divisions under MRA-TP.

Food, Agriculture and Forestry
67. We acknowledged the continuing efforts of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) to promote the harmonization of standards of food, agriculture and forestry products in ASEAN to ensure safe and good quality agricultural produce and to facilitate ASEAN trade of these products. Recognizing the importance of food security and nutrition in the region, we welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN Regional Guidelines on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Policy to ensure sustainable supply of sufficient, affordable, safe and nutritious foods that meet the dietary requirements of increasing populations in ASEAN. The Guidelines on FSN Policy introduce various options for different stakeholders to incorporate nutrition objectives, components, measurable indicators into the design of food and agricultural, trade, food security policies and programs and provide ASEAN with a set of options to promote inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination mechanisms between ASEAN Sectoral Bodies related to agriculture, health, rural development, education environment, economic, labor, energy, social welfare and others.

68. Considering the importance of leveraging private sector investments in technology development in the food, agriculture and forestry (FAF) sectors through Public Private Partnership (PPP), as well as collaboration between ASEAN Member States, international research institutes and development partners, we encouraged the implementation of the ASEAN PPP Regional Framework for Technology Development in the FAF Sector. This will create a mechanism for ASEAN to expedite the exchange of technology, resources, skills, expertise and access to markets so as to improve productivity and competitiveness in the FAF sector, as well as to ensure sustainability and inclusiveness.

69. We are deeply concerned about the expansive and adverse impact of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in agriculture on public and animal health, livelihoods, food security and safety and, in that regard, we welcomed the initiative to protect human and animal health from AMR through the ASEAN Guidelines on Prudent Use of Antimicrobials in Livestock and the initiative on the ASEAN Cooperation Activities for AMR in Aquaculture Sector.

Transport
70. We commended the achievements made in further enhancing regional connectivity and integration, particularly the signing of: (i) ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross Border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles (CBTP), which would facilitate cross-border mobility of passengers between and among ASEAN Member States for the enhancement of people-to-people connectivity as well as promotion of tourism and investment in the region; (ii) Protocol to Implement the Tenth Package of Commitments on Air Transport Services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS), which would further liberalize air transport ancillary services in the region; (iii) Protocol 3 on Domestic Code-Share Rights between Points within the Territory of any other ASEAN Member States, which would facilitate airlines of Member States to expand their services and facilitate intra-ASEAN travel; and (iv) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Flight Crew Licensing, an overarching framework agreement to facilitate and support future mutual recognition of licenses issued by ASEAN Member States for pilots flying commercial flights. We welcomed the important steps being taken to improve the safety and efficiency of air travel in the region and beyond through the adoption of the (i) ASEAN Air Traffic Management (ATM) Master Plan, which will enhance ATM safety, efficiency, and capacity in the region, and advance the Seamless ASEAN Sky; and (ii) Terms of Reference (TOR) for ASEAN Foreign Operator Safety Assessment (AFOSA), which seeks to enhance the capability of individual ASEAN Member States to assess safety compliance and address adverse safety trends.

71. On transport cooperation with Dialogue Partners, we welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Authorities in charge of Aircraft Accident Investigation of ASEAN Member States and the Civil Aviation Administration of China on cooperation relating to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, which will further strengthen cooperation in the safety investigation of aircraft accidents and incidents, investigation training and sharing of safety information. We also supported the establishment of an ASEAN-EU Transport Dialogue which will be held annually at the senior transport official level to support ASEAN integration, pursue greater connectivity between the two regions, including working towards the conclusion of an ambitious and pace-setting ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement, and enhance cooperation in areas of regional and global significance.

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