MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday released the schedule of meetings and events leading to and during the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on November 13-14.

DFA said President Rodrigo Duterte would chair the Summit's plenary, where ASEAN Leaders are expected to discuss the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, its way forward and the appointment of the new Secretary-General of ASEAN.

"They will also exchange views on pressing regional and international issues," the DFA added.

ASEAN 2017 is themed “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,”

Leaders from the 10 member states of the regional bloc and its dialogue partners including Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia, United States (US), Canada, European Union (EU), and United Nations Secretary General will gather in Manila for the event, the second of the two summits that the Philippines is hosting this year.

Meanwhile, the department noted the President’s busy week ahead as he will also chair ASEAN’s 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summits with the US, Canada, and the European Union; 20th ASEAN Plus Three Commemorative Summit; the 20th ASEAN-China Summit, 19th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit; 20th ASEAN-Japan Summit; 12th East Asia Summit; 15th ASEAN-India Summit; and the 9th ASEAN-UN Summit.

"These meetings will review and take a look at the future direction of cooperation within these mechanisms," it said.

Among others, the ASEAN leaders will also have an interface with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) while the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Leaders will have an interface with the East Asia Business Council.

The ASEAN leaders, along with the leaders of Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand, will have Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders’ Summit. The ASEAN Secretary-General will also attend the summit.

On Sunday, the President will host a Special Gala Celebration on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and at the Closing Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

The Philippine chief executive will hand over the chairmanship of ASEAN to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, the incoming chair for 2018.

Prior to the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on November 13 and 14, preparatory meetings at the levels of Ministers and Senior Officials will take place on November 10-12 at Clark, Pampanga and in Manila.

Below is a summary of the meetings and events leading to and during the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits:

November 10 (Friday)

Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN
ASEAN Senior Economic Officials’ Preparatory Meeting (Prep-SEOM)
Prep-SEOM Plus Three Consultations
Welcome Dinner for SOM and Delegates
Welcome Dinner for SEOM, SEOM+3, RCEP TNC and Delegates

November 11 (Saturday)

ASEAN Senior Officials’ Preparatory Meeting (Prep-SOM)
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Trade Negotiating Committee Preparatory Meeting (Prep-RCEP TNC)
Welcome Dinner for ASEAN Economic Ministers

November 12 (Sunday)

Preparatory Meeting of the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)
Mekong-Japan Preparatory Senior Officials’ Meeting
15th ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council Meeting
16th ASEAN Political-Security Community Council Meeting
20th ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) Meeting
Informal AEM-METI Consultations
Signing Ceremony
Preparatory Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Ministerial Meeting (Prep-RCEP MM)
Launching of the Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity MPAC 2025 Videos
Special Gala Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN

November 13 (Monday)

Opening Ceremony of 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits
31st ASEAN Summit (Plenary)
ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC)
5th ASEAN-US Summit to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-US Dialogue Relations
20th ASEAN-China Summit
19th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit
20th ASEAN-Japan Summit
ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Leaders; Interface with the East Asia Business Council
9th Mekong-Japan Summit
9th ASEAN-UN Summit

November 14 (Tuesday)

20th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Commemorative Summit
ASEAN-Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit
ASEAN-EU 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit
Lunch Hosted by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Honor of East Asia Summit Heads of State/Government and Guests of the Chair
12th East Asia Summit
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit
15th ASEAN-India Summit
Signing Ceremony of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers
Closing Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits and Handing-over of the ASEAN Chairmanship to the Republic of Singapore
Press Conference by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Chairman of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits
(PNA)