By The Nation
The essence of the statement is designating the 2019 as the Year of Asean Cultures. The Asean heads of government will cooperate to encourage their communities to share cultures, respect differences and promote human security.
Many activities have been provided under the concepts of Variety, Creativity, and Sustainability in order to promote Asean’s cultures as well as sustainable cultural tourism to the international community and to drive innovative economics development, he said.
The great performance arts of each nation in Asean will be showcased and cooperation will be boosted between the Asean Cultural Centre in Bangkok and the Asean partners’ Culture Houses. Also, an Asean Popular Street Food Exhibition will be held to round out the cultural programme during the June 20-23 summit.
Veera said Thailand as the host had also prepared gifts and performances for all of the leaders and their spouses. The gifts comprise a portrait of them and a garland for the couple, set in a silk box with the Asean summit logo on top.
A gala-dinner performance for the delegates will be divided into two parts. There will be singing the “Asean Way”, and two new songs, “Advancing Together as One” and “Asean Will Go Far”, he said.