The Philippines assumed the Chairmanship of the ASEAN Committee in Brasília (ACB).
The Philippines shall serve as ACB Chair from 24 July 2018 until 31 December 2018.
ACB Outgoing Chair Ambassador Do Ba Khoa of Vietnam formally handed over the ACB Chairmanship to Ambassador Marichu Mauro, Philippine Ambassador to Brazil, during the ACB’s fourth meeting for 2018, which was hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Brasília.
In her remarks, Ambassador Mauro thanked the ACB for its confidence in choosing the Philippines in leading the group until the end of the year. She notes that the last time the Philippines held the ACB chairmanship was from July to December 2013 under then Ambassador Eva Betita. Under the Philippine Chairmanship, Ambassador Mauro promised to continue raising awareness of ASEAN in Brazil and to strengthen the host country’s engagement with ASEAN, both as a powerful regional economic bloc and bilaterally with each ASEAN Member Country. She emphasized that since Brazil will elect a new President in October this year, it is important for the ACB to ensure that the new political leadership continues to regard ASEAN as among Brazil’s key partners.