Jakarta, 7 April 2011

The 9th Meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Joint Cooperation Committee (9th ARJCC) was held at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia on 7 April 2011 and was attended by representatives from the ASEAN Member States, the Russian Federation and the ASEAN Secretariat.

The 9th ARJCC was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Nyan Lynn, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the Republic of Indonesia/ Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to ASEAN, and H.E. Mr. Alexander A. Ivanov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Indonesia/Ambassador of the Russian Federation to ASEAN.

Following up on the outcomes of the Second ASEAN-Russian Federation Summit held on 30 October 2010 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, the 9th ARJCC discussions focused on the progress achieved in the priority areas of cooperation such as combating terrorism and transnational crime, trade and economy, energy, agriculture and food security, tourism, science and technology, disaster management, culture, and education identified in the Joint Statement of the Second ASEAN-Russian Federation Summit and the Roadmap on the Comprehensive Program of Action to Promote Cooperation between ASEAN and the Russian Federation (2005-2015).

The 9th ARJCC discussed the preparations for the 8th ASEAN-Russian Federation Senior Officials Meeting to be held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from 23-24 June 2011.

The 9th ARJCC appreciated the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation to allocate USD 1.5 million on an annual basis as the regular contribution to the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership Financial Fund (DPFF) in attestation of Russia’s firm desire to further enhance Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN. The ARJCC adopted the Statements of Activities of the DPFF for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The 9th ARJCC took note with appreciation the Programme of Activities to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of ASEAN-Russian Federation Dialogue Partnership this year and the draft Guidelines for Selecting, Approving, Financing and Reporting on Joint ASEAN – Russian Federation Activities and Programmes of Cooperation.

The 9th ARJCC also considered the report of the Co-chairs of the 8th ASEAN-Russian Federation Joint Planning and Management Committee (8th ARJPMC), which preceded the 9th ARJCC Meeting. Particularly, the 8th ARJPMC reviewed the status of the Joint Projects under the DPFF. Among them, “Workshop of Scientists of Russia and ASEAN Member States: Application of Modern Technologies in the Food Industry”, “ASEAN Centre Web Site in Moscow”, “Arrangements within the National Crises Management System in Russia”, “Energy Dialogue between ASEAN-Russia on Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Technologies: Creation of the expert-analytical and consulting network on Renewable Energy” are in the final stage of coordination and soon will be ready for implementation.

The 8th ARJPMC also noted the new Project Proposals under the DPFF presented by Russia at the 5th Meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Working Group on Science and Technology on 21 March 2011 in Moscow. New project proposals include “Cooperation with ASEAN in Outer Space”; “Workshop on Nano-biotechnology: Achievements and Application”; “Scientific and Educational Centre on Training and Upgrading of Personnel Engaged in Food industry in ASEAN Member States”; “Cooperation in the field of Space Biology and Medicine”; “Application of ICT in School Education Processes”; and “Application of Education Quality Indicators for Estimation of School Education Level in ASEAN Member States”.

The next meetings of the ARJCC and ARJPMC will be held in 2012.