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ASEAN Needs to Emphasise Importance of Socio-Cultural Pillar, Says ASEAN Deputy Secretary

In addition to the very important aspects of economic community and economic integration, ASEAN member countries need to emphasise the importance of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee has said.

The socio-cultural community may not be as well-known as AEC, but I think that this is our job, our responsibility, to bring it to the people because the ASCC is all about the people of ASEAN countries, said Mr Vongthep during an interview with Lao media in Vientiane on April 6.

In 2015, ASEAN leaders adopted the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 which focuses on multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder engagements, including Dialogue and Development Partners, sub-regional organisations, academia, private-public partnerships, community engagement, tripartite engagement with the labour sector, social enterprises, government organisations, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisation engagement, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue.

The objective is to enhance commitment, participation and social responsibility of ASEAN peoples through an accountable and engaging mechanism for the benefit of all, towards a community of engaged and empowered ASEAN peoples who are provided the platforms to participate in ASEAN processes as well as to enjoy the benefits from the various initiatives.

Source: Lao News Agency