1. The Fifth Meeting of the Canada – ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) took place in Ottawa on April 7 – 8, 1988. The ASEAN spokesman was Mr. Khun Chawat Arthayukti, Director-General for ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Thailand. Mrs. Jean McCloskey, Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia and Pacific, Department of External Affairs, led the Canadian delegation. Representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat were also present. The two sides reviewed the various elements of the coopera- tion between ASEAN and Canada since 1981 and other wide ranging issues including the inter- national economic situation as well as the global trade environment.
2. The JCC was established under the Canada – ASEAN Economic Cooperation Agreement of 1981. Its main purpose is to review and promote industrial, commercial and development coopera- tion between Canada and ASEAN, whose member countries are: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The previous JCC was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 25 – 27, 1986.
3. The Fifth JCC marked the first participation by the private sector in its deliberations. Represen- tatives of the ASEAN – Canada Business Council (ACBC) participated in discussions related to commercial and industrial cooperation and presented a report on ACBC activities.
4. I n her opening statement, Mrs. Jean McCloskey, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Asia and Pacific Branch of the Canadian Department of External Affairs, underlined the considerable pro- gress which has marked the evolution of ASEAN – Canada relations since the signing of the ASEAN – Canada Economic Cooperation Agreement in 1981. She stressed the Importance of the JCC in providing a major opportunity to discuss broad international economic issues that are confronting all nations. The exchanges ,ere particularly timely as Canada will be the host of the next Economic Summit to be held In Toronto in June 1988.
5. ASEAN expressed its appreciation for Canadas positive contribution to the overall improvement of the ASEAN Dialogue process with other countries and acknowledged Canadas growing Importance as an economic partner. The significant potential for further cooperation in the economic sector as well as in the human resources development and technical assistance sectors was recognized.
6. ASEAN referred to the decisions of the Third Meeting of ASEAN Heads of Government and expressed the hope that they would give new impetus to the dialogue process and to long-term economic and trade relations. ASEAN looked forward to development cooperation with Canada focusing on medium and long-term projects in trade, tourism and investment promotion, science and – technology, transportation, institutional linkages, and human resources development. Canada welcomed these suggestion since they were consistent with existing Canadian priorities.
7. The two sides agreed on the need for closer co- operation in achieving a successful outcome to the new MTN Round and endorsed the valuable work of the Cairns Group in this regard. Canada stressed the importance of the Canada – US Free Trade Agreement as a significant measure to combat protectionism and liberalize trade. The inter- national debt situation and other global monetary questions were of particular interest to both sides. They agreed on the importance of countering protectionist forces and strengthening the economic and multilateral trade systems.
8. ASEAN also presented its views on the state of world economy and urged the major industrial countries to adopt measures to redress the deteriorating international economic situation.
9. During the course of the Meeting, the Memorandum of Understanding between ASEAN and Canada on the ASEAN – Canada Forest Tree Seed Centre, Phase II, was signed.
10. Both sides shared the view that the Fifth JCC contributed to furthering the spirit of genuine co- operation that has characterized the relationship between Canada and ASEAN. It reinforced the determination on both sides to work more closely to maintain the steady progress of the relation- ship as well as their joint efforts to Improve the world economic order for their mutual benefit.