Asia Cooperation Dialogue summit to revitalise cooperation among member states

BANGKOK, Oct 8 — The two-day, Second Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit which kicks off tomorrow, is expected to adopt three outcome documents to revitalise cooperation involving the 34-member country organisation.

Malaysia’s Ambassador to Thailand, Datuk Nazirah Hussain said the three documents were ACD Vision for Asia Cooperation 2030, Bangkok Declaration and the ACD Statement on Reigniting Growth through Partnership for Connectivity.

“The three documents will revitalise the commitments of ACD member countries in enhancing future cooperation and partnership in several areas,” she told the Malaysian media here today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok later tonight will lead Malaysia’s delegation to the summit, accompanied by wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

According to Nazirah, the Malaysian prime minister will deliver the country statement at the plenary session of the summit on Monday.

Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to officially open the summit.

Nazirah said the summit themed ‘One Asia, Diverse Strength’ is also expected to review the progress of decisions taken during the first Summit in Kuwait in 2012.

Malaysia, as one of the founding members of the organisation, noted the ambassador, had been playing an active role in ACD, especially in the fields of education and human resources.

The country, she said, was the prime mover behind ACD’s success in establishing Asia-e-University in Kuala Lumpur in 2007, which served as an example of cooperation among member states in e-education.

In conjunction with the summit, she added, an ACD Connect Business Forum would be held tomorrow, with business leaders discussing ways to improve cooperation among member countries in trade, finance and investment sectors.

Themed ‘Innovative Financial Connectivity for a Sustainable Asia’, the one-day forum will also be opened by the Thai prime minister. — Bernama