JAKARTA, 3 July 2018 – ASEAN and New Zealand reaffirmed their commitment to further expand and deepen cooperation as strategic partners at the 6th ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) Meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat on 2 July 2018.

In the meeting, both sides reviewed the implementation of the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Statement for ASEAN-New Zealand Strategic Partnership (2016-2020) and highlighted the progress made in its implementation across all three ASEAN Community pillars, as well as in the areas of connectivity and narrowing the development gap in ASEAN through the Initiative for ASEAN Integration.

New Zealand affirmed its commitment in supporting ASEAN Integration and Community building efforts through its Two Key Strategies: The People Strategy and The Prosperity Strategy, as it undertakes stronger people-to-people connections and to support the region’s economic development. Towards this end, both sides looked forward to the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Stage Two General Review of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), as well as a possible ASEAN-New Zealand Air Services Agreement.

Both sides also exchanged views on the future direction of ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue Relations. In moving forward, both regions agreed to consider strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual interest such as women, peace and security; transnational crime including counter-terrorism and cyber security; micro, small and medium enterprises; youth, education and vocational training; climate change; disaster risk management; sustainable development; health and active aging; biodiversity conservation; and connectivity.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Permanent Representative of Indonesia to ASEAN  Ade Padmo Sarwono and Ambassador of New Zealand to ASEAN Pam Dunn, and attended by members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and their representatives as well as the ASEAN Secretariat.