JAKARTA, 28 January 2014 – The ASEAN-Germany Joint Cooperation Review was held last week at the GIZ Office in Jakarta. The participants agreed that the existing support from Germany suited ASEAN’s needs and priorities. ASEAN-Germany cooperation projects currently fall under three focal areas: Environment and Climate Change; Regional Economic Integration; and Institutional Strengthening/Capacity Development. To date, Germany has contributed approximately € 70 million to ASEAN projects and activities.

The review highlighted several topics for further discussion. Both ASEAN and Germany agreed to continue aiming at better linkages between national and regional-level activities within ASEAN. Some linkages among the focal areas were also identified.

H.E. Dr. Georg Witschel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and Ms. Lee Chen Chen, Assistant Director of the Strategic Planning and Coordination Division of the ASEAN Secretariat opened the event. In his opening speech, Dr. Witschel underlined the importance of Southeast Asia and ASEAN for Germany and stressed the similarities between the EU and ASEAN.

Assistant Director Lee Chen Chen thanked Germany for its continued support towards ASEAN’s community building efforts and said that the focus of this year’s review lied on the evaluation of achieved impacts and the questions of how to further improve the existing cooperation between ASEAN and Germany and how to make it more efficient.

The review was held back-to-back with the 21st meeting of the ASEAN-EU Joint Cooperation Committee to better coordinate ongoing undertakings. From the EU side, Mr. Walter Kennes, Programme Manager of External Relations – Development Cooperation (DEVCO) of the European Commission, Mr. Andreas Röttger, Head of Economic and Regional Cooperation/Good Governance and Ms. Cécile Leroy, Attaché for the EU–ASEAN Development Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN joined the Review.

Fifty participants took part in the review, among them representatives from the German Embassy in Jakarta, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) on the German side, as well as representatives from ASEAN associated entities and the ASEAN Secretariat on the ASEAN side.