JAKARTA, 10 March 2014 – ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is not the final goal of ASEAN economic integration. While the establishment of AEC in 2015 is an important milestone, it also represents the start of a new phase in ASEAN’s continuing process towards deeper regional economic integration and community building beyond 2015.

During the 22nd ASEAN Summit the ASEAN Leaders tasked all ASEAN Community Councils to begin work on a post-2015 vision, including consideration of what should form the next stages of ASEAN’s integration efforts across the three pillars, as well strategic ideas on how ASEAN can maintain its relevance in the evolving regional architecture.

To follow-up the Leaders’ guidance, the Special Senior Official Meeting of the Thirty Fourth ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (Special SOM-34th AMAF) held last year in Pakse, Lao PDR, agreed on the need to develop a vision, objectives and goals of the ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry sectors towards 2020, based on the review of the current framework and Strategic Plan of Action (SPA). 

Last week, the 1st Meeting of ASEAN Ad Hoc Task Force on Developing New Vision on Food, Agriculture and Forestry towards 2020 was held in ASEAN Secretariat to kick start the review study. The Meeting finalised the time frame for developing the New Vision and outline of the review report. The review study is expected to be completed in mid-2015 and reported to the 37th Meeting of AMAF in 2015.

The meeting was supported by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ).