BANGKOK, 11 May 2016 – Recognising the potential benefit of forging closer inter-regional ties, the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) and the Group of External Relations (GER) of the Pacific Alliance – a Latin America regional grouping comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru –  agreed to explore cooperation in areas of mutual interest in their meeting in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.

These areas include financial regulations, trade facilitation, SMEs, connectivity, logistics, science, technology and innovation as well as people-to-people exchanges through education, tourism, culture, and sports.

The two sides reaffirmed their commitments to working together towards the finalisation of the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Framework for Cooperation, which will serve as a basis for the cooperation, in time for adoption at the 3rd ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting in September 2016.

The Meeting was followed by a Roundtable Discussion on “ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Relations: Opportunities and Challenges.” The Roundtable, attended by experts, academia and member of the media, provided a platform for discussion on ways and means to further forging beneficial cooperation between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance.

The CPR and the GER of the Pacific Alliance Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Busadee Santipitaks, Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN and H.E. Ignacio Higueras, Director of Integration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru.

While in Bangkok, the Members of the CPR will also have a series of meetings , including a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, and with the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.