Singapore to focus on themes of resilience, innovation as ASEAN chairman (Channel NewsAsia)

(Photo: Gaya Chandramohan, Channel NewsAsia)

SINGAPORE: Singapore will focus on strengthening the collective resilience of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as promoting innovation among member economies, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said as he launched the country’s chairmanship of the regional bloc with songs, dance and food.

“The last time we chaired ASEAN was in 2007 and we are very happy to be chairing it again,” Mr Lee said on Friday (Jan 12) at the Experience ASEAN launch event held at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Visitors can look forward to food, craft stalls and performances from the region at the event held from Friday to Sunday.

On Friday evening, veteran entertainer Dick Lee entertained the crowd with Rise, a song for ASEAN that he composed “10 years ago”, he said.

A special orchid hybrid to commemorate Singapore’s chairmanship, named Renanthera ASEAN 2018, was also unveiled at the event. The flower symbolises the “unity, strength and resilience” of ASEAN states, host Diana Ser said.

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12 January 2018

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