SEOUL, 18 September 2018 – ASEAN and the Republic of Korea (ROK) agreed to strengthen cooperation on sustainable infrastructure and regional connectivity at the 1st ASEAN-ROK Infrastructure Ministers Meeting in Seoul on 17 September.

The ministers discussed the priorities and development plans of each ASEAN Member State on sustainable infrastructure and smart cities. They recognised the importance of developing smart infrastructure technologies related to transport and water resources.

Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi emphasised that advancing sustainable infrastructure was about making ASEAN competitive, accessible, and liveable. Achieving these goals required the region to develop an ecosystem of planning, developing, and delivering infrastructure, the Secretary-General said.

As an initial step for pragmatic and substantive cooperation on sustainable infrastructure, the ministers identified 20 ‘Key Cooperation Areas’ and encouraged regular exchanges between ASEAN Member States and ROK at different levels of government and across sectors, including through existing platforms, to promote cooperation in the field of infrastructure.

The Secretary-General also paid a courtesy call on ROK’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. Minister Kang and Dato Lim discussed infrastructure cooperation, digital economy and cyber security, people-to-people exchanges, as well as the third Inter-Korean Summit to be held on 18-20 September 2018 in Pyongyang. Dato Lim appreciated ROK’s commitment for greater collaboration to support ASEAN Community building and advance ASEAN-ROK relations.

Download the Ministerial Declaration of the First ASEAN-ROK Infrastructure Ministers’ Meeting here.

(2)Courtesy Call ASG  on FM Kim - (c) MOFA