ACD, which works to promote solidarity and fraternity among their expatriate communities through social outings and other events, came into being last year. The ceremonial handing over of ACD Chairmanship by Malaysia to the Philippines also took place during the evening.
Malaysia’s chairmanship of ACD, which began from January this year ends in July. Philippines served as Vice-Chairman during the period.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Ahmed bin Abdullah al Mahmoud represented Qatar at the event, which provided those present an opportunity to network with members of local government and business organisations, and also showcased cultures of the ASEAN countries.
Representatives of the seven ASEAN countries with missions in Qatar, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Brunei and Vietnam, were present on the occasion.
“We hope to introduce ASEAN to Qatar and promote greater mutual understanding and cooperation through this event. We also recognise the importance of speaking with one voice and promoting our common interests, so we have all worked together to make the gala dinner happen”, Malaysian Ambassador Ahmad Jazri bin Mohammed Johar said. The dinner featured a fusion of cuisine from the ASEAN countries.
In addition, cultural performances including songs by the ASEAN songs choir, a show by the Qatar Cultural Troupe, and a fashion parade also served to make the evening memorable.
The establishment of the ASEAN Committee in Doha was approved by the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and its decision was conveyed by the ASEAN Secretary-General, Dr Surin Pitsuwan on December 12, 2011.
The group works to promote solidarity and fraternity between their expatriate communities through social outings and other events.