|ASEAN celebrates 45th anniversary in Berne
The ASEAN Heads of
Mission accredited to Switzerland hosted a reception on 05 September
2012 in celebration of the 45th-year anniversary of the founding of
The event, which was held at the residence of the Indonesian ambassador
in Berne, was part of the ASEAN missions’ efforts to promote greater
awareness of ASEAN and foster a better understanding and appreciation
of the region in Switzerland, especially as the region prepares for the
eventual establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
H.E. Mr. Djoko Susilo, Indonesian Ambassador to Switzerland and the
most senior of the ASEAN ambassadors in Berne, welcomed the guests. In
his remarks, he noted that Switzerland, which has already developed
strong relations with many ASEAN member states, is also now
progressively developing its relations with ASEAN as a region.
“[ASEAN] welcomes this growing involvement of Switzerland in the
region. As the ASEAN Secretary General said, one area where Switzerland
could develop its cooperation with the [region] is in the
politico-security area, especially sharing its experiences and
commitments to humanitarian law tradition,” said Ambassador Susilo.
Ambassador Beat Nobs, Assistant State Secretary for Asia Pacific
Affairs of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, was the Guest of
Honour. In his speech, Ambassador Nobs spoke about Switzerland’s
recognition of the growing importance of the Asia Pacific region, of
which ASEAN is a member, and its pursuit of deepening relations with
(L-R) Ambassador Sun Suon (Cambodia), Ambassador Yong
Chanthalangsy (Laos), Ambassador Leslie Baja (Philippines),
Ambassador Beat Nobs, Ambassador Djoko Susilo (Indonesia), Ambassador
Arbhorn Manasvanich (Thailand), Ambassador Dato’ Ho May Yong
Ambassador Nguyen The Piet (Vietnam).
Ambassador Beat Nobs
thanks ASEAN for its support for Switzerland’s bid for membership to ASEM
“Switzerland welcomes the
role of ASEAN in promoting regional economic integration, stability,
democracy and human rights and looks forward to deepen cooperation with
ASEAN in selected areas of common interest,” said Ambassador Nobs.
“I would like to underline [Switzerland’s] continuous readiness…to be a
valuable partner in fields such as humanitarian assistance, development
cooperation, economic cooperation or human security,” he
The guests were treated to a feast of cultural performances and
culinary delights from seven ASEAN member countries – Cambodia,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Philippine Embassy personnel wows the guests with their rendition of the “Carinosa
event was attended by more than 150 people from the diplomatic
community, officials from various Swiss government agencies and the
Swiss parliament, academe, non-government organizations and members of
the ASEAN family in Switzerland.