On 22 October 2019, H.E. Ms. Morakot Sriswasdi, Ambassador of Thailand to Austria, took over the Chairmanship of the ASEAN Vienna Committee (AVC) from H.E. Ms. Maria Cleofe Natividad, Ambassador of the Philippines to Austria. The Chairmanship’s term is 6 months (October 2019 - April 2020).
The AVC consists of 8 ASEAN Member States which have missions located in Vienna, namely Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The AVC’s main function is to promote ASEAN’s interests and raise awareness of ASEAN in Austria and in Vienna-based international organisations, as well as to promote friendly relations and unity among its members.