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During the 365 days that it assumes the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Burma is scheduled to host 280 bloc meetings, including two major summits, according to the press department of the Ministry of Information.
Highlights on the calendar for 2014 are the 24th and 25th ASEAN summits which will be held in Burma in May and October respectively. But the country will baptize its chair by hosting a meeting of ASEAN’s foreign ministers on 15- 18 January in the ancient city of Bagan, the first of two foreign ministers’ meetings, the second one being in August.
Speaking to DVB on Wednesday, Tin Htut Oo, advisor to President Thein Sein, said, “We have a huge responsibility in holding these ASEAN summits. We need all our experienced officials to cooperate responsibly.”
Burma is scheduled to host 36 meetings in January, 11 meetings in February, 80 meetings in March, 20 in April, 13 in May, 12 in June, 26 in July, 27 in August, 11 in September, 17 in October and 25 in December, the press department said.
Burma officially assumes the chair from Brunei on 1 January.
Recently, BMW Asia announced a sponsorship deal whereby it will provide BMWs to chauffeur the various ASEAN leaders and delegates to the main summits in May and November.