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GMMF To Hold Roundtable, Seminar In Laos

by October 17, 2016 General

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 (Bernama) — The Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) organise a roundtable discussion and university seminar in Vientiane, Laos from Oct 26-27 to promote moderation as an ASEAN value for regional peace and prosperity.

GMMF Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa said the roundtable discussion to be held on Oct 26 in concurrence with Laos’ chairmanship of ASEAN this year, is organised with the support of Lao Institute of Foreign Affairs.

“The Roundtable seeks to provide participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding on the experience and understanding on moderation in Lao, and explore possibilities through collaborations between different sectors of society in promoting moderation as a common value throughout ASEAN,” he said in a GMMF statement.

It is part of a series of roundtable discussions organised by GMMF across ASEAN countries to better grasp the different articulation and understanding of moderation circulating throughout the region, following the signing of the Langkawi Declaration at the 26th ASEAN Summit.

The first roundtable was co-organised with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore on July 29, 2015.

The Roundtable will feature two panel discussions – “The Lessons and Experience of Moderation in ASEAN” and “Moderation as Common Agenda towards Peace, Security and Development”, with panellists from ASEAN member states.

Among the panellists are the Secretary of Majelis Ulema Indonesia, Dr Robi Nurhadi; Davao Archbishop, Reverend Fernando R. Capalla; the Chairman of Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, Prince Norodom Sirivudh; and the Deputy Executive Director of the Wasatiyah Institute for Peace and Development in Thailand, Dr Ilyas Yahprung.

Meanwhile, in line with the 50th golden jubilee anniversary of Malaysia-Laos bilateral relations, GMMF, with the support of the Malaysian Embassy in Laos, will organise a seminar on GMM at the National University of Laos on Oct 27.

The Malaysian Embassy in Laos will conduct a special presentation on the occasion, while Nasharudin will share a presentation on “Countering Extremism and The Concept of Moderation” as part of the GMMF’s efforts to promote moderation value and preventive violent extremism measures among the youths of ASEAN.

The GMM, a brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was first mooted by him at the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2010.