What is the full form of ASEAN
ASEAN: Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It is an association of 10 Southeast Asian countries established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok. It was established by its five founding member states: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
It was established to promote political and economic cooperation and regional stability among the member states. Over the years, its membership has expanded to include five more countries: Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. So, at present, it has ten member countries.
ASEAN's motto is One Vision, One Identity and One Community. As per the Article 31 of the ASEAN Charter, the ASEAN's chairmanship rotates annually in alphabetical order of the English names of the Member States. The member state holding the chairmanship chairs the ASEAN summit and allied summits. Singapore is the Chair of ASEAN for 2018. The association aims to accelerate economic growth, social progress among the member countries and to resolve differences peacefully.
The ASEAN has its own flag, a symbol of member states? unity. It represents a stable, peaceful, united and dynamic organization. Its colours (blue, red, white and yellow) represent the main colours of the flags of ASEAN member states and have different meanings. The blue colour indicates peace and stability, red colour indicates courage and dynamics, white colour shows purity and yellow colour depicts prosperity. In the centre, the flag has stalks of padi (rice) which represents friendship and solidarity.
Aims and Purposes:
The ASEAN member countries have adopted the following fundamental principles as described in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), 1976:
✓ ASEAN Economic Community
✓ ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community