Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez (AMML) chaired the year’s first meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Tokyo (ACT) at his official residence in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
AMML assumed the rotating chairmanship of the ACT on January 1, 2015, taking over from Indonesia. It is his second stint as ASEAN chair in Tokyo, having first assumed the post in 2011 shortly after his arrival in Japan. At least three meetings will be convened under the six-month chairmanship of the Philippines.
AMML engaged fellow ASEAN ambassadors in an exchange of views on regional issues and in mapping out ASEAN’s calendar of activities for 2015. He also led the group in welcoming new Malaysian Ambassador Dato’ Ahmad Izlan Idris and new Thai Ambassador Sihasak Phuangketkeow, who were attending their first ACT meeting.
The ACT brings together the embassies of ASEAN member states in Japan. Apart from serving as a forum for discussion and coordination, the ACT promotes ASEAN interests and identity in Japan. (Excerpted from tokyo. philembassy.net)