Vice President U Myint Swe called for more networking with member countries in the eradication of poverty in the region especially in light of the abundance of power and economic development at the 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.
“The Asia Region is rapidly developing and during the past decade, Asia’s participation is progressing in the world trade sector. Yet member countries are facing challenges in socio-economy and environment,” said the vice president.
“And it greatly needs to cooperate, linking with member countries in the eradication of poverty in the region and abundance in power and economic development, more than ever,” he added.
“The continent of Asia, which covers 30 per cent of the planet, is the biggest and the most different from all other continents, and half of the world population is residing here, this being a place rich in human resources”, he said.
The opening ceremony of the 2nd ACD Summit was inaugurated with an audio presentation of a congratulatory welcoming address sent by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The president of the Summit the Thai Premier made an opening speech.
Shaik Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabar al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, which hosted 1st ACD Summit and HE Dr Thani Alzeyoudi, alternate president of the summit, Minister for Climate and natural environment Conservation, also made speeches, followed by keynote addresses of the leaders of the delegation of the attending countries.
General Prayu Chanochar, Prime Minister of Thailand, warmly welcomed the Vice President and dignitaries from ACD member countries at the Foreign Ministry of Thailand, where the summit was held, and posed for group photos.
The ACD was inaugurated in June 2002 in Thailand as an Asian continent-wide forum, with an aim to build an Asian Community based on the strength, diversity, rich resources and competitiveness of each Asian country.—GNLM