Key quotes from the opening plenary
Hu Chunhua, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, struck out at an increasingly protectionist climate and called for a more open global economy.
"We need to uphold openness and mutual benefits. Self-isolation will lead nowhere."
"China’s resolve to open its doors even wider will not change, we will pursue opening up at its own pace. This will offer opportunities for ASEAN countries and beyond."
One of the clichés often used for the rapid progress developing countries can make in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is to "leap frog." Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, challenged this.
"What we have been engaged with is not mere amphibian hops but quantum leaps," she said.
Leaders from the ASEAN spoke of the need to strengthen the ties between countries in the region to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
"In the Fourth Industrial Revolution and with the rapid march of science and technoloy, ASEAN is known as the cradle of many new and innovative ideas in the world," said Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Viet Nam.
He called for a common ASEAN code on data sharing and further cooperation across the region to benefit from the digital era.
The sentiment was echoed by Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore.
"ASEAN is committed to further economic integration," he said.
"We need to strengthen the rules-based multilateral trading system: it has underpinned our growth and stability but is under pressure and under threat."