President Rodrigo Roa Duterte embarks on a journey to Bali, Indonesia to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Gathering on the 11th of October this year.

The High-Level occasion is a side event of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – World Bank (WB) Annual Meeting that is also set in Bali this October. It seeks to accomplish the ASEAN’s ambition in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The President is convening with the leaders of the ten ASEAN Member Countries to boost the solid partnership within the community and to manage the region’s economic growth that aims to foster development and equality.

The ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering also acts as a platform for further engagement not only among ASEAN Leaders but also with the key executives from the IMF, WB, and the United Nations (UN) as well, where they can exchange ideas on issues pertaining to building synergy in strengthening financial stability in the region, accelerating economic development and regional integration, and exploring potential collaboration to achieve development goals.

Furthermore, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is also making arrangements for President Duterte to attend a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo as it would serve as an opportunity for the Chief Executive to personally extend his sympathies and support to the victims affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit areas in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Philippines’ financial assistance to Indonesia will be coursed through the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center).

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Activities in Bali, Indonesia

Bilateral Meeting with HE PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam

ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering (Speech)

ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering

Official Group Photo with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders

Arrival at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort

Arrival in Bali, Indonesia

Sidelights of Activities in Bali, Indonesia

Ambush Interview with SAP Bong Go and Sec Martin Andanar

Press Conference with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano

Symbolic Handover Ceremony of Philippine Assistance to Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Meet and Greet and Joint Press Statement of Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Tan Wee and Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Sarundajang

Press Briefing of Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Lee Hiong Tan Wee

Interview with Ambassador Lee Hiong Tan Wee

Bali Bidadari Batik

Goa Gajah Temple

Patra Bali Resort & Villas

Interview with Angelita Los Banos and James Nicholas Bird