PH LEADS THE FIRST MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVES TO ASEAN IN 2017

The Philippines chaired the first Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) Meeting of 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 18.

The Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN, Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, steered the discussions covering a range of issues including implementation of recommendations on the strengthening of ASEAN's institutions and arrangements for the upcoming events with ASEAN's Dialogue Partners such as Australia, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Russia.

The CPR also decided on key issues in relation to the East Asia Summit (EAS). The discussions set the CPR 2017 work plan, including identifying specific deliverables in these areas.

The CPR is comprised of the ten Permanent Representatives/Ambassadors of the Member States to ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The CPR meetings are convened at least once a month. As Chair, the Philippines will lead the discussions all throughout 2017. The CPR is the main ASEAN body tasked to assist the ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC), conduct the external relations of ASEAN, and, together with the ASEAN Secretariat, coordinate all three pillars of the ASEAN Community.

It also seeks to strengthen the institutions of ASEAN, including the ASEAN Secretariat. The CPR is assisted by a Working Group that prepares documents for discussion during the CPR meetings. END

Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs