ASEAN adopts master plan on connectivity 2025

Leaders meeting at the 28th ASEAN Summit in Vientiane on September 6 adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025. Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, who is Chair of the ASEAN Coordinating Council that oversees connectivity matters for the regional body, said the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 was ambitious but practical. We have designed strong implementation mechanisms to ensure that effective coordination takes place among the various agencies and we can see real change happen over the next 10 years, he said. The MPAC 2025, which succeeds the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2010, focuses on five strategic areas: sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence, and population mobility. The master plan was developed in consultation with the relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and other stakeholders. The remaining initiatives from MPAC 2010 were evaluated and incorporated into the 2025 master plan.

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