Fourth ASEAN meeting slated here

A fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting here is slated sometime in November.

This was disclosed by acting provincial administrator and lawyer Mitchel John Boiser during Friday’s Kita ug ang Gobernador.

Boiser said the meeting will be spearheaded by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

There is no word for the definite date when the meetings will be held. However, the meetings will come ahead of the main summit meeting slated later this month in Manila.

This will be the fourth meeting to be held in Bohol.

The first three were succcessfully held with no untoward incidents and the feedback from the delegates were nothing short of superb.

Back in 2016, it was learned Bohol will just host one meeting. However, three more meetings were added to the course of 2017.

In April, the trade meetings were held in Panglao amid the terror threats from the Abu Sayyaf Group.

The prompt action of the security forces helped repel the threats.

The second meeting was held in September, which was spearheaded by the Transportation Department with maritime issues as the agenda.

The third meeting was held in October spearheaded by the Finance Department known as the 9th ASEAN Forum on Taxation.

The third one was unique since Bohol-based security forces were used to secure the close to 200 delegates that attended the meetings in a resort in Panglao.

Gov. Edgar Chatto said having trained liaison offers in foreign affairs protocol is the main advantage of Bohol in hosting international conferences.

This is aside from the advantage of having a crack team formed by the provincial government with experienced personnel in organizing events and building the capabilities of the organizers to hold successful conventions in the province.

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