The Fourth Russia-ASEAN Joint Planning and Management Committee Meeting took place on June 21-22, 2006 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation with the participation of representatives of Russian Federal Ministries and Agencies and Ministries of Foreign Affairs of ASEAN member countries and ASEAN Secretariat. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr.Alexander Ivanov, Director, Department of ASEAN and Asia-Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Mr.Jacky Foo, Director General, ASEAN-Singapore, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore.

The meeting served as reaffirmation of the intention of Russia and ASEAN to develop and deepen their dialogue partnership. The status and dynamics of cooperation were analyzed after the first ASEAN-Russia Summit in Kuala Lumpur on December 13th, 2005.

The meeting discussed a wide range of cooperation issues between Russia and ASEAN. Particular attention was paid to the realization of joint projects under the Comprehensive Programme of Action to Promote Cooperation between the ASEAN and the Russian Federation in 2005-2015 and the Agreement on Economic and Development Cooperation signed in Malaysia. Presentations were made and the meeting agreed to recommend the projects to the ASEAN-Russia Joint Cooperation Committee (ARJCC) for approval after further review.

The meeting endorsed the draft Terms of References for the Joint Cooperation Committee and the Dialogue Partnership Financial Fund that would oversee Russia-ASEAN cooperation and agreed to recommend the two Terms of References to the ARJCC for approval.

The meeting reviewed the list of celebration activities on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Russia-ASEAN dialogue partnership and approved the decision to hold in Moscow on 5 July 2006 the Commemorative Meeting of the Russian government and non-government representatives as well as the Ambassadors of ASEAN Member Countries in Russia, to organize the Russian and ASEAN Cuisine Festivals respectively in Kuala Lumpur and Moscow, and to launch the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Magazine at the Post Ministerial Conference+1 meeting with Russia in July in Kuala Lumpur.

Among the participants in the JPMC meeting were the representatives of ASEAN member countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and other ministries and agencies concerned as well as the “Oriental Dimension”, Russian public movement, and the Russia-ASEAN Cooperation Foundation.

It was agreed that the Fifth JPMC meeting will take place in the Philippines in 2007.

The meeting was held in the cordial atmosphere, inherent in Russia-ASEAN relations.