ASEAN, Japan to Advance Partnership to New Heights

ASEAN, Japan to Advance Partnership to New Heights
06 June 2023 -

The 17th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) Meeting took place today reaffirming both sides’ commitment to further advance their partnership to mark the 50th Year of Friendship and Cooperation.

Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN Urawadee Sriphiromya and Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko co-chaired the meeting. Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States to ASEAN or their representatives and the Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Political Security Community were in attendance.

The meeting noted the substantive progress made in ASEAN-Japan cooperation over the past year through the effective implementation of the Revised Implementation Plan of the 2013 Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.  All action lines in the plan have been addressed with multiple programmes and projects carried out in a wide range of areas.

The two sides exchanged views on developments in ASEAN and Japan and regional issues.  ASEAN welcomed Japan’s support for ASEAN’s efforts in mainstreaming the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). In this regard, the meeting welcomed the establishment of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0 with an initial contribution of US$100 million from Japan to support cooperation projects and activities relating to the implementation of the key areas of AOIP.