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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   25 June 2013  

ASEAN SG: English is Indispensable to ASEAN Community

“With the diversity in ASEAN reflected in our diverse histories, races, cultures and belief systems, English is an important and indispensable tool to bring our Community closer together,” said H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN. “Used as the working language of ASEAN, English enables us to interact with other ASEAN colleagues in our formal meetings as well as day-to-day communications.

From these interactions, we are able to get to know better our regional neighbors, their interests, their concerns, as well as their dreams and aspirations. Through English, we are raising our awareness of the ASEAN region and, with the many characteristics we share and hold dear, further strengthening our sense of an ASEAN Community.”

SG Minh also emphasised the importance of education; science, technology and innovation; and youth programme as ways to learn, practice and improve ASEAN students’ English competency.

SG Minh delivered a Keynote Address at the “Global Conference on Educating the Next Generation of Workforce: ASEAN Perspectives on Innovation, Integration and English” today in Bangkok. This conference aims to support governments in their preparation of human resources for the ASEAN Community with an emphasis on innovation, integration, and English.

This conference is taking place 24-25 June 2013, organised by The Ministry of Education of Thailand through the Office of the Education Council, in collaboration with British Council Thailand.

For H.E. Le Loung Minh’s Keynote Address, please click here.

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