President Benigno S. Aquino III to Attend the 19th Association of South East Asian Leaders' Summit in Bali, Indonesia November 17-19, 2011

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MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno S. Aquino III is leaving for Bali, Indonesia, to attend the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Summit on November 17-19, 2011. It will be his 13th foreign travel since he assumed the Presidency on June 30, 2010.

The Summit is an annual meeting of the ASEAN heads of state and government to tackle economic and cultural developments in Southeast Asia. This year's theme is, "ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations."

President Aquino will discuss with ASEAN Leaders the Agreement on the establishment of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance in disaster management, ASEAN connectivity in relation to the establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015, and the participation of external partners.

They are expected to renew the declaration on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and celebrate the 10th year of the ASEAN Declaration on HIV and AIDS. They may also decide on the bid of Myanmar to chair the ASEAN in 2014. …