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18/02/2010: Book on Philippine Contribution to ASEAN Donated to First ASEAN Studies Center in the United States

Book on Philippine Contribution to ASEAN Donated to First ASEAN Studies Center in the United States

18 FEBRUARY 2010 WASHINGTON DC – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa turns over to officials of the American University’s ASEAN Studies Center a copy of “One Caring and Sharing Community: The Philippines in ASEAN" during a reception held recently in honor of ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan on the occasion of the launching of the ASEAN Studies Center here. The American University’s ASEAN Studies Center is the first established in the United States.  The book, a publication of the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Service Institute, focuses on the Philippines’ recent ASEAN Chairmanship. In his remarks, Ambassador Gaa said, the book “captures in clear prose and vivid images the Philippines’ Chairmanship of the ASEAN as the Association turned 40.  As Chair, the Philippines led ASEAN in a crucial reengineering process, endeavoring to steer the Association into taking further steps towards a caring and sharing ASEAN Community.  While the book aims to keep ever fresh memories of important community-forging events on Philippine soil, it also celebrates the spirit of brotherhood and solidarity that binds the peoples of the ten ASEAN countries.” Shown in the photo are (L-R) Dean Louis Goodman, ASEAN Center Studies Chair Amitav Acharya,and Director Pek Koon Heng. END