Jakarta, 1 June 2011

The 5th Meeting of the ASEAN-Pakistan Joint Sectoral Cooperation Committee was held at the ASEAN Secretariat here yesterday.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the developments in the Asian region, particularly the global financial crisis, the consolidation of the democratic process, economic revival, and the success in tackling the issues of extremism and terrorism. They also reviewed the progress in many other areas of cooperation ranging from economics to social-cultural, and highlighted the emerging areas of cooperation.

The Meeting, which was attended by representatives from the ASEAN Member States, Pakistan and the ASEAN Secretariat, also noted Pakistan’s support for their priorities an ASEAN Connectivity in all dimensions i.e. physical, institutional, and people-to-people connectivity and acknowledged that Pakistan may be a good link to connect ASEAN and the central Asian region.

Pakistan also mentioned that they would like to elevate their relationship with ASEAN and that they will continue to work closely with ASEAN to forge a closer cultural and economic cooperation. Several events have been organised to generate awareness and promote closer collaboration by the ASEAN Member States and Pakistan over the past years.

Overall, both sides agreed that the ASEAN-Pakistan Joint Sectoral Cooperation Committee Meeting is an effective mechanism to promote the cooperation between them.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and the National University of Science and Technology of Pakistan also made a presentation on new potential areas for cooperation between ASEAN and Pakistan.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Mr Bagas Hapsoro, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs and Mr Syed Hasan Javed, Additional Secretary (Asia Pacific), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The 6th Meeting of APJSCC will be held in late 2012.