Nay Pyi Taw, May 11 (Xinhua) -- The 24th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders' meeting opened here Sunday morning, with Myanmar President U Thein Sein delivering an opening speech.
"Our gathering today signifies our unity and dedication for building a better future for the region and the peoples," said the president, who is chairing the meeting.
Themed "Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community," the summit is expected to review the progress towards the realization of the ASEAN Community in 2015 and discuss ways to overcome challenges in the process.
The leaders will also deliberate the ASEAN Community Post-2015 vision, and reiterate ASEAN commitment in its collective efforts for a single market and production base.
Created in 1967, ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Myanmar, which holds the ASEAN rotating presidency this year, hosted the ASEAN summit for the first time since it joined the regional bloc in 1997.