YANGON, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw on Monday pledged to work for the development of the rules-based ASEAN, calling for support of his country people in the nation-building which he said will contribute toward the success of ASEAN.
In his message on the occasion of the 49th anniversary of ASEAN Day, U Htin Kyaw said 2016 is the first year in the ASEAN following the formation of the new government.
He called for doubled efforts in ASEAN community building to anticipate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN in the coming year.
Noting that Laos' ASEAN chairmanship 2016 takes place at a time the grouping is strengthening the community efforts by implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, U Htin Kyaw voiced support for Laos' theme of "Turning Vision into Reality for Dynamic ASEAN Community".
2016 is not only the first year of the ASEAN community but also the beginning of the process to fulfill the objectives of ASEAN Community Vision 2025, he said, adding that Myanmar takes pride for its contribution toward the establishment of ASEAN Community during its chairmanship in 2014.
He stressed that the ASEAN community envisioned in 10 years is an integrated community of a politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible, a truly people-oriented, people-centered and rules-based ASEAN.
He believed that the bold, visionary, progressive and forward-looking vision will be achieved with the concerted efforts and dedication of all stake holders in the ASEAN community.