24TH MEETING OF THE ASEAN COMMITTEE IN RABAT (ACR)
The 24th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Rabat (ACR) under the Malaysian Chairmanship was held at Rumah Malaysia on 12 February 2019. It was chaired by Her Excellency Dato’ Astanah Abdul Aziz, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Morocco and was attended by the ASEAN Heads of Mission in Morocco namely Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Meeting discussed a host of 2019 ACR’s initiatives with a view to promoting ASEAN identity and its interests in Morocco.
The ACR is one of the 54 ASEAN Committees in Third Countries and International Organisations (ACTCs) that have been fully endorsed and formally established in the national capitals and other key cities around the world.
In accordance with Article 43 of the ASEAN Charter, the ACTCs are established to promote ASEAN’s interests and identity in the concerned host countries and/or international organisations. The ACTCs abide by the Rules of Procedure (ROP) and Terms of Reference (TOR) for the ACTCs, adopted by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers at the 43rd AMM on 20 July 2010.
The importance of the ACTCs is also highlighted under the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint 2025, section C.2.2., in which, ASEAN is to develop and maintain effective partnerships with external parties to support the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 by utilising more effectively the role of the ACTCs to promote ASEAN and cooperation between ASEAN and the host countries/international organisations.