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      ASEAN defines the Blue Economy is an integrated, holistic, cross-sectoral, and crossstakeholder approach that creates value-added and value-chain of resources from oceans,
      seas, and fresh water in inclusive and sustainable way, making the blue economy the new engine for ASEAN’s future economic growth. The ASEAN Blue Economy covers upstreamdownstream sectors, serving as an accelerator of the conventional marine sector such as
      fisheries, aquaculture, fish-only processing, and tourism and a catalyst for emerging sectors such as renewable energy, biotechnology, and marine and freshwater-based
      research and education as well as other emerging sectors from aquatic resources.

      [See the full post at: ASEAN Blue Economy Framework (05/09/2023)]

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      Term of Appointment and Role of Secretary-General of ASEAN based on Article 11 of the ASEAN Charter:

      The Secretary-General of ASEAN shall be appointed by the ASEAN Summit for a non-renewable term of office of five years, selected from among nationals of the ASEAN Member States based on alphabetical rotation, with due consideration to integrity, capability and professional experience, and gender equality.
      The Secretary-General shall:

      carry out the duties and responsibilities of this high office in accordance with the provisions of this Charter and relevant ASEAN instruments, protocols and established practices;

      facilitate and monitor progress in the implementation of ASEAN agreements and decisions, and submit an annual report on the work of ASEAN to the ASEAN Summit;

      participate in meetings of the ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN Community Councils, the ASEAN Coordinating Council, and ASEAN Sectoral Ministerial Bodies and other relevant ASEAN meetings;

      present the views of ASEAN and participate in meetings with external parties in accordance with approved policy guidelines and mandate given to the Secretary-General; and

      recommend the appointment and termination of the Deputy Secretaries-General to the ASEAN Coordinating Council for approval.

      The Secretary-General shall also be the Chief Administrative Officer of ASEAN.
      The Secretary-General shall be assisted by four Deputy Secretaries-General with the rank and status of Deputy Ministers. The Deputy Secretaries-General shall be accountable to the Secretary-General in carrying out their functions.
      The four Deputy Secretaries-General shall be of different nationalities from the Secretary-General and shall come from four different ASEAN Member States.
      The four Deputy Secretaries-General shall comprise:

      two Deputy Secretaries-General who will serve a non-renewable term of three years, selected from among nationals of the ASEAN Member States based on alphabetical rotation, with due consideration to integrity, qualifications, competence, experience and gender equality; and

      two Deputy Secretaries-General who will serve a term of three years, which may be renewed for another three years. These two Deputy Secretaries-General shall be openly recruited based on merit.
      The ASEAN Secretariat shall comprise the Secretary-General and such staff as may be required.
      The Secretary-General and the staff shall:

      uphold the highest standards of integrity, efficiency, and competence in the performance of their duties;

      not seek or receive instructions from any government or external party outside of ASEAN; and
      refrain from any action that might reflect on their position as ASEAN Secretariat officials responsible only to ASEAN.

      Each ASEAN Member State undertakes to respect the exclusively ASEAN character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-General and the staff, and not to seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.

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