JAKARTA, 19 October 2020 – ASEAN and the Republic of Korea (ROK) reaffirmed commitment to enhance cooperation and further strengthen their partnership at the 7th ASEAN-ROK Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting held via video-conference, today.

The meeting welcomed the substantive progress made in the implementation of the ASEAN-ROK Plan of Action 2016-2020 to enhance cooperation in a wide range of areas, such as; non-traditional security, trade, investment, tourism, public health, environment, disaster management, education, culture, and people to people exchanges.

Further, the meeting noted progress in the implementation of projects under the ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Fund (AKCF) and the ASEAN-Korea Economic Cooperation Fund to support development cooperation and ASEAN community building.

ASEAN appreciated the ROK for increasing its contribution to the AKCF since last year to support more programmes and projects, as well as the ROK’s support and contribution in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 in ASEAN Member States.

Both sides agreed to continue efforts to effectively implement the ASEAN-ROK Plan of Action for the next five years (2021-2025), adopted by the ASEAN-ROK Foreign Ministers last month.

Against the backdrop of COVID-19, both sides will further enhance cooperation in new areas, such as digital technology, digital economy, smart city and innovation, as well as capacity building and human resource development.

A number of initiatives are also being implemented including preparations for the establishment of ASEAN-ROK centres focusing on industrial innovation, science and technology cooperation, and standardisation joint research.

Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to ASEAN Pengiran Hairani Pengiran Tajuddin and Ambassador of the ROK to ASEAN Lim Sungnam co-chaired the 7th ASEAN-ROK JCC meeting. Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States and the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Political Security Community were in attendance.