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Train-the-Trainers Course on the ASEAN Charter

With the ASEAN Charter’s entry into force on 15 December 2008, several implementation issues have emerged as members strive to understand, share and promote the Charter among various stakeholders in the regional and in their respective national contexts. To assist ASEAN officials and ASEAN Secretariat officers, the ASEAN Studies Centre developed and conducted a train-the-trainers course on understanding the key provisions of the Charter and their rationale. The course focused on helping the officials understand the implications of the Charter; how its implementation is in both regional and domestic interests in ASEAN; and the impact of the Charter’s implementation on regional and national cooperation. The inaugural training took place at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 17-20 November 2009, with support from the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP21). Centre Head Rodolfo Severino led the training team, comprising Lead Researchers S Tiwari (who passed away on 26 July 2010) and Moe Thuzar. Over the three-year duration of the project, over 100 officers from the ten ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat have participated in the trainings, which also featured interactive sessions with high-level officials involved in the Charter process, as well as senior ASEAN Secretariat officials.