Asian nations to tackle natural disasters

The recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting with its Asian Regional Forum (ARF) counterparts here adopted a proposal to develop guidelines for civilian and military cooperation to ensure swift response to natural disasters in the region. The guidelines, to be consistent with existing UN and ASEAN mechanisms on disaster management and emergency response, will form the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on civilian and military cooperation for humanitarian purposes. I think it is among the most important portion of the statement issued, said M C Abad, […]

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ASEAN agreement on visa exception

The recent signing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Framework Agreement on Visa Exception (FAVE) is being termed as a boon for the tourism industry as well as for dreams of regional unities. Recently, the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exception was signed during the 39th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Citizens of ASEAN nations traveling within member countries no longer require a visa for social visits of up to 14 days. The agreement will take effect once it is ratified by all 10-member […]

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