A special postage stamp to mark 48 years of ASEAN, issued jointly by all the member countries using a common design to reflect the “oneness” of the community.
The stamp is being issued in conjunction with the celebration of 48 years of ASEAN, established on 8 August 1967.
All the 10 member countries of ASEAN ( Association of Southeast Asian Nations); Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam produced the stamp with the country’s name and currency issued on 8 August 2015.
Joint Stamp issues to mark 48 years of ASEAN
The stamp design illustrate the unity of ASEAN Member States with all the flags unified in a form of flower. The pigeon in the background symbolises the pacific aspect of the region.
A handshake below the flags portrays friendship and the golden ears of rice refer to basic agriculture, the main ASEAN way of life.
The postmark design features, the ASEAN emblem placed in the middle of the design, circled by three lines which refer to the “three pillars” of ASEAN Community namely ASEAN Political-Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community, and ASEAN Socio – Cultural Community.
Brunei 60 Sen, Cambodia 1,200 riel, Philippines 13p, Indonesia 7000 rupiah, Lao 13000 kip, Malaysia 50 Sen, Myanmar 500 kyat, Singapore 60c, Thailand 15 baht , Vietnam 3000 dong.
The stamp design is based on the motto of the ASEAN “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”.
The stamp and postmark designs were selected during the final round of stamp design contest held in February 2015 at Bangkok.
For the final round some 55 designs were chosen from the 10 member countries, comprising 30 stamps and 25 postmarks.
The best designs, was selected by 10 judges from the ASEAN member states and three others from the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Both stamp and postmark designs winners came from Vietnam Post were awarded US$ 1,000 and US$ 500 respectively.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a political and economic organisation of ten Southeast Asian countries.
Its aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, and sociocultural evolution among its members.
ASEAN covers a land area of 4.4 million square kilometres, 3% of the total land area of the Earth. ASEAN territorial waters cover an area about three times larger than its land counterpart.
The member countries have a combined population of approximately 625 million people, 8.8% of the world’s population.
Source: ASEAN Community