Published: Sunday October 14, 2012 MYT 2:49:00 PM
DPM to attend Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit
PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will lead a delegation to the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit in Kuwait City on Monday.
The dialogue is expected to shape the future direction and steer Asia to become a new global growth centre.
This will be the first time ACD is holding a summit since the inaugural ACD Ministerial Meeting in Cha-Am, Thailand in 2002 that paved the way for Asian-Arab partnership.
Initially, it was established with a long term view to turn the grouping into political and economic blocs, similar to the European Union and the African Union.
Emir of the oil-rich Gulf state Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will open the ACD Summit on Tuesday.
Among Asian leaders who have confirmed their attendance are Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman and several Gulf leaders.
Host Kuwait is hoping that the Summit will pave the way for a new era of cooperation among Asian countries which accounts for over half the world's population, especially in finance, agriculture, food security, energy, health, industrialisation and natural disasters.
Several proposals to establish a clear vision to meet the emerging challenges and advance the economies of the region will be discussed.