The 6th Meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Joint Coordination Committee was held at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Marigondon, Mactan Island, Philippines on 13-14 December 2007 and was attended by representatives from the Russian Federation, ASEAN Member Countries, and the ASEAN Secretariat. The Meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Luis T. Cruz, Director-General, ASEAN-Philippines, and Mr. Bakhtier Khakimov, Director-General, Department of ASEAN and Asia Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian Federation.
The Meeting reviewed the implementation of the Comprehensive Program of Action to Promote Cooperation between ASEAN and the Russian Federation, 2005-2015. There were substantial discussions on the progress achieved in the priority areas like culture, tourism, energy, disaster management, counter-terrorism, science and technology, identified by the ARJCC under the Comprehensive Program of Action to Promote Cooperation.
In compliance with instructions from the Ministers during the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference Session with the Russian Federation held last 1 August 2007 in Manila, Philippines, the Meeting began initial discussions on the draft Road Map to facilitate the implementation of the Comprehensive Program of Action. The Meeting agreed to continue discussions on the matter intersessionally and at the ASEAN-Russia Joint Planning and Management Committee (ARJPMC) to enable the document to be adopted at the next ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference Session with the Russian Federation to be held in July 2008 in Singapore.
The Meeting further discussed the proposed Guidelines concerning the Selection, Approval and Financing of joint ASEAN-Russian Federation programs to facilitate the implementation of future projects and expressed readiness to implement the six project proposals approved at the 5th Meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Joint Planning and Management Committee (ARJPMC) held on 24 May 2007 in Manila, Philippines.
The next meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Joint Cooperation Committee will be held in Russia in autumn 2008.