The 11th Meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Joint Cooperation Committee (ARJCC) held in the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia, on 21 March 2013, was attended by the Permanent Representatives from ASEAN Member States, the delegation of the Russian Federation and representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat. The ARJCC was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Dato’ Hasnudin Hamzah, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to ASEAN, and H.E. Mr. Mikhail Galuzin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to ASEAN.
The Meeting reviewed the current status of the Roadmap on the Comprehensive Programme of Action (CPA) to Promote Cooperation between ASEAN and the Russian Federation (2005-2015). The Meeting had an in-depth exchange of views with regard to the ways to enhance ASEAN-Russia cooperation in the political and security, economic and socio-cultural priority areas, namely, combating terrorism and transnational crimes, trade and economy, investment, energy, transport, agriculture and food security, tourism, science and technology, disaster management and culture, as well as the ASEAN connectivity.
The Meeting noted with satisfaction the progress achieved within the past year in the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership. Among the activities carried out recently in Russia were the special courses for the ASEAN law enforcement officials in the field of counter-terrorism and counter-extremism, workshops and expert meetings of the representatives of disaster response agencies, including the ASEAN Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre).
The Meeting approved the candidature of the Director of the ASEAN Centre in the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Dr. Victor Sumsky, for a second term from June 2013 to May 2016. The Meeting also approved the Annual Report for the year 2012 and Indicative Work Plan for 2013 of the ASEAN Centre.
The Meeting exchanged views on the preparation for the 3rd ASEAN-Russia Summit and discussed a number of upcoming joint activities later this year, including the ASEAN-Russia Youth Summit, ASEAN-Russia Business Forum and ASEAN-Russia Music Festival. The Meeting also reviewed the status of the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership Financial Fund as well as a number of Joint Projects sponsored by the Fund.