JAKARTA, 9 May 2018 – ASEAN and Australia reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen their strategic partnership at the 8th ASEAN-Australia Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) Meeting, held yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat.

At the meeting, both sides reviewed the implementation of the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Statement for ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership (2015-2019) and highlighted progress made in the implementation the Plan of Action—which is now in its fourth year of implementation—across all the three ASEAN Community pillars.

Australia reaffirmed their continued support for ASEAN centrality and highlighted the importance of ASEAN unity in maintaining peace and stability in the region. ASEAN appreciated Australia’s continued support towards ASEAN Community building efforts, among others, through the flagship ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) and noted the conclusion of the Stage One General Review of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).

Both sides also exchanged views on the future direction of the Dialogue Relations; and in moving forward, ASEAN and Australia agreed to further strengthen cooperation in priority areas of mutual interest, including maritime cooperation, cyber security, trade and investment, smart cities development, education, health security, and connectivity.

The meeting also noted the convening of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held on 17-18 March 2018 and discussed the follow up to outcomes of the Special Summit. In this regard, ASEAN and Australia looked forward to the swift implementation of the new 15 initiatives arising from the Special Summit.

The JCC Meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Min Lwin, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to ASEAN, and the Australian Ambassador to ASEAN, Jane Duke, and attended by the Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States as well as representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat and the Australian Mission to ASEAN.

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