INTRODUCTION: A new Secretariat building for the ASEAN countries -- Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand -- has been constructed by the Indonesian government at a cost of about nine million U.S. dollars.
GV EXTERIOR New Secretariat building.
CU Sign in stone "ASEAN Secretariat".
CU INTERIOR Model of new building on display.
SV ASEAN flags beside emblem.
SV PAN DOWN Garuda statue.
SV Mr. Sarwo Eddhie (on right) signing document with member of Indonesian government ZOOM OUT TO CU OF Mr. Eddhie.
LV ASEAN flags being raised at outdoor ceremony. (2 SHOTS)
LV PAN FROM Raised flags TO ASEAN officials and crowd applauding.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A new Secretariat building for the ASEAN countries -- Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand -- has been constructed by the Indonesian government at a cost of about nine million U.S. dollars. It was handed over to the ASEAN organisation on Friday (8 May) at a special ceremony in Jakarta.
SYNOPSIS: It was decided to build the impressive eight-storey building at a meeting of ASEAN ministers in 1974. The Secretariat has been designed with an eye to expansion. There are halls and facilities for exhibitions, social functions and conferences. The main conference hall accommodates about 150 people.
Mr. Sarwo Eddhie of Indonesia, the acting Secretary-General of ASEAN, signed the document which handed the new Secretariat over to his organisation. Another ceremony took place the next day when Indonesia's President Suharto attended the building's official inauguration.
ASEAN was established in 1967 with the aim of accelerating economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the five countries. When its first summit meeting was held in 1976, ASEAN agreed to establish joint ventures producing petrochemicals, steel, super-phosphates and many other products. Since then it has increased its trading contracts all over the world.