Following up an official invitation by the Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) the SADC Deputy Executive Secretary, Eng. João Samuel Caholo, visited the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta (Indonesia) on 25th and 26th July 2013. Both institutions intensively exchanged information and updated each other’s on the progress that is taking place in their efforts to deepen regional integration.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organisation of ten countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Its aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, protection of regional peace and stability, and opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully.