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A proposal to adopt ASEAN Haze Monitoring System gets strong support at pre-ASEAN summit meetings.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI: ASEAN leaders have started arriving in the Bruneian capital of Bandar Seri Begawan for the 23rd summit meeting of the 10-member grouping.
It is understood that one issue which is likely to see a positive outcome from the meetings is the monitoring of haze in the region.
ASEAN delegates say they hope to see the adoption of the recommendations and proposals laid out at the latest Ministerial Steering Committee meeting on transboundary haze.
Among the key proposals is to put in place an ASEAN Haze Monitoring System.
The Ministerial Steering Committee comprises officials and ministers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei.
Delegates Channel NewsAsia spoke to said they had good discussions on the haze issue.
It is understood that the leaders of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are expected to meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit which opens in Brunei on Wednesday.
They are expected to encourage earlier efforts made by the three countries to address the transboundary haze issue.
The three countries were badly affected by haze earlier this year, with the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) in those countries reaching dangerous levels.
Also expected to take centre stage during their talks is the vision for the 2015 ASEAN Community.
According to delegates, a post-2015 vision statement called the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration will be issued at the close of their summit, with the leaders urging their ministers to start planning for what happens after the 2015 targets have been realised.
So far nearly 80 percent of the economic targets and 60 percent of the socio-cultural and political targets have been achieved.
Lastly, the leaders will be examining the need for ASEAN to remain relevant in the ever-changing geopolitical environment.
To this end, they will be adopting the recommendations of a high-level task force on ways to remain efficient and relevant in the years to come.