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Cablegate: Us-Asean Support Program Launched

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DEPT ALSO FOR OES/IET AND OES/ETC/TED
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COMMERCE FOR 4430/KELLY
SINGAPORE FOR BAKER

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TAGS: ECON PHUM PREL PGOV KDEM ID BM
SUBJECT: US-ASEAN SUPPORT PROGRAM LAUNCHED


1. (SBU) ASEAN has been waiting with anticipation for a renewed
commitment from the U.S., Secretary General (SG) Surin Pitsuwan
stated in a February 25 courtesy call by DAS Marciel and
representatives of the USAID Asia Regional Mission. The team met
with the SG to present and formally launch ADVANCE (ASEAN
Development Vision to Advance National Cooperation and Economic
Integration), a State/USAID funded, multi-sector development program
to support ASEAN economic integration through 2015, the date set for
achieving an ASEAN Community. The courtesy call covered areas for
future potential collaboration between the U.S. and ASEAN. A joint
press conference with local and regional media followed the meeting.

ASEAN WELCOMES "RENEWED" U.S. COMMITMENT
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2. (SBU) Dr. Surin welcomed the USG's increased engagement with
ASEAN through ADVANCE. He shared that the ASEAN member states'
leaders and foreign ministers are upbeat about the direction the
organization is taking, and that dialogue partner support is now
more important than ever. The member countries' leaders have
instructed him to assume that the ASEAN Charter is already ratified
and to proceed at "full speed" on economic integration.

3. (SBU) The meeting participants brainstormed on ways that USG
support could best align with ASEAN's strategic goals, including: 1)
weaving USG bilateral and regional initiatives together to maximize
effectiveness; 2) maintaining open communication on what initiatives
work and where gaps remain; and 3) encouraging the involvement of
the private sector in relevant areas such as economic policy and
performance scorecarding.

"ADVANCE" LAUNCHED IN PRESS CONFERENCE
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4. (U) Following the courtesy call, DAS Marciel, Dr. Surin, and
USAID Asia's Mission Director, Olivier Carduner, participated in a
press conference to formally announce the launch of ADVANCE and
highlight the ongoing U.S. commitment to ASEAN. Questions covered
ADVANCE, the ASEAN Charter ratification process, and the U.S.
position on Burma. News outlets in Indonesia, ASEAN member
countries and China carried the story.

5. (U) DAS Marciel has cleared this telegram.

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