On 17-18 March 2018, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, will welcome the Leaders of ASEAN member countries to Sydney for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. This will be the first time Australia has hosted such a Summit.
Australia and ASEAN have been close partners since its inception in 1967. ASEAN economies as a group are already equivalent to one of Australia’s top three trading partners, and we cooperate closely to address shared security challenges facing our region. The Special Summit is an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen our partnership and enhance our region’s security and prosperity.
At next week’s Special Summit, the Prime Minister and ASEAN Leaders will build on our deep legacy of cooperation to establish a contemporary, outward-looking partnership for the rapidly changing world we live in. We will unlock new opportunities for our economies and strengthen our joint work to countering terrorism and other common security threats.
The Summit outcomes will also reflect our contemporary challenges: addressing cyber threats, adapting to digital transformation, and using technology to make our cities the best possible places to live.
There will be two major lead-in events: a Business Summit and a Counter-Terrorism Conference.
The Business Summit will be comprised of three events. A CEO Forum will allow top Australian and ASEAN CEOs discuss ways to enhance economic engagement; while the SME (Small and Medium‑sized Enterprises) Conference will enable Australian small businesses to take up economic opportunities offered in the ASEAN region. The Women in Business Breakfast will reinforce the important message that women’s economic empowerment underpins future regional prosperity and stability.
The Counter-Terrorism Conference will highlight the importance of regional collaboration to address the shared threat of terrorism and violent extremism.
We look forward to a productive and successful ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.
For more information, please visit Prime Minister's media release ASEAN-Australia Special Summit to enhance regional security and prosperity.