33rd ASEAN Summit begins in Singapore

The 33rd edition of the ASEAN Summit began on November 11, 2018 at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, Singapore. The opening ceremony of the summit will take place on November 13, 2018. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, is the Chairman of this year’s Summit. The Summit will continue till November 15, 2018 along with other related summits like East Asia Summit (EAS), Regional Comprehensive Economic Summit (RCEP) and ASEAN plus summits.

The Summit will see the presence of leaders of partner countries such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indian PM Narendra Modi and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. However, the US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be in attendance. The Vice President Mike Pence will represent the US, while the Chinese side will be represented by Premier Li Keqiang.

Over 400 companies from over 100 countries are taking part as exhibitors in the summit. Apart from leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries, heads of 8 key partner nations of ASEAN will also be participating. The ASEAN leaders are expected to adopt the ASEAN Smart Cities Framework and take stock of ASEAN’s achievements in 2018 in strengthening ASEAN’s resilience and innovation.

The ASEAN leaders, along with their counterparts from countries participating in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), will discuss the process of the RCEP negotiations at the 2nd RCEP Summit. The leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues with their counterparts at the 21st ASEAN Plus Three Summit and 13th East Asia Summit. On the last day of Summit that is November 15, Singapore PM Lee will hand over the ASEAN Chairmanship to Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

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