KUALA LUMPUR - The establishment of the ASEAN Community by year-end will not only benefit its people but propel the region to be a more developed and integrated bloc, said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
To realise the vision, various plans had been undertaken throughout this year to steer ASEAN's peoples to together uphold the advocacy of creating a truly people-centred ASEAN, he said.
"ASEAN will be a more powerful vehicle for the realisation of our peoples' aspirations, good governance, transparency, high standard of living, sustainable development, further empowerment of women and create greater opportunity," he said in his opening remarks at the Plenary Session of the 27th ASEAN Summit here Saturday.
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The plenary session was attended by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Philippines President Benigno S Aquino III, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong.
Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen; Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Myanmar President