CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT OF THE 28TH AND 29TH ASEAN SUMMITS
VIENTIANE, 6-7 SEPTEMBER 2016
TURNING VISION INTO REALITY FOR A DYNAMIC ASEAN COMMUNITY
1. We, the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States, gathered for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits, held under the Chairmanship of the Lao People‟s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) with the theme “Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community” in Vientiane on 6-7 September 2016.
2. We had constructive and cordial discussions to craft the future direction for a politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible and a truly rules-based people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community, guided by the eight priorities outlined by the Lao PDR under her Chairmanship, namely, the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025; narrowing of the development gap; trade facilitation; micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) development; tourism development; connectivity; transition to formal economy in ASEAN; and reinforcing cultural heritage cooperation in ASEAN.