History and Mission

Decades after ASEAN was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among people of ASEAN. It was because of this concern that ASEAN leaders established the ASEAN Foundation during the ASEAN 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 15 December 1997.

The ASEAN Foundation takes pivotal role to fulfil these gaps. As one of ASEAN’s bodies, we are tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN. We unite people. And we help to develop them. We are a strategic instrument to achieve ASEAN’s goal.

Since the formation of ASEAN in 1967, ASEAN has gone on a long journey to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region. And the ASEAN Foundation has been an integral part of this mission for the last two decades.


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