1. The 2nd Brunei Darussalam – Indonesia – Malaysia – The Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and Darwin Dialogue was held in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia on 23 – 24 May, 2006. The Dialogue was attended by delegates from the BIMP-EAGA member countries, BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC), BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center (BIMP-FC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), ASEAN Secretariat, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), and officials from Northern Territory (NT) and AusAid.

2. The 2nd Dialogue was preceded by a BIMP-EAGA Business Investment Seminar co-hosted by the BIMP-EAGA Business Council and Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce. The seminar highlighted some of the recent developments in BIMP-EAGA; recent developments in the ASEAN – Australia – New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Agreement and its impact to BIMP-EAGA-NT trade and investments relations; investment opportunities in the BIMP-EAGA region as well as opportunities in NT. The investment seminar has likewise become a useful form where the chambers and private sector representatives raised issues affecting BIMP-EAGA – NT trade, investment and tourism.

Australia – BIMP-EAGA Trade

3. We recognize the tremendous opportunities for trade especially in agricultural products, food commodities and construction materials. Furthermore, the recently completed Australasia trade route that connects Darwin to the other southern cities of Australia is viewed to further increase trade advantages between BIMP-EAGA, NT and the rest of Australia.

4. To maximize these trade opportunities, we acknowledge the need to address concerns on non-tariff trade barriers. Specifically, we agree to explore ways to simplify Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) related rules and regulations. Hence, toward this end, we agree to: a) share and exchange information on CIQS rules and regulations, b) NT through various agencies to provide technical input on capacity building for BIMP-EAGA quarantine officials; (c)  an ad-hoc technical committee to be formed prior to the SME Cluster meeting  to discuss specific mechanisms in putting up fumigation facilities in the sub-region, in consultation with the private sectors (d) NT to use the BIMP-EAGA Roadmap to Development 2006-2010 as their guide in participating in BIMP-EAGA initiatives, and (e) work on the BIMP-EAGA as a test-bed for the AANZFTA.

Eco-tourism: One Big Destination

5. Recognizing the vast potentials in the BIMP-EAGA region and the NT in the eco-tourism industry, we agreed to cooperate in jointly promoting BIMP-EAGA and NT as one eco-tourism destination. We agreed to (a) hyperlink BIMP-EAGA and NT tourism websites, (b) exchange list of tour operators and travel agents interested in packaging tourism products of BIMP-EAGA and NT, (c) organize familiarization tours between BIMP-EAGA and NT, and (d) invite NT tourism group to participate in the Tourism Cluster Meeting on 17-19 July 2006, in South Cotabato, the Philippines.

6. We emphasized the important role of the private sectors in realizing the development of trade between BIMP-EAGA and NT. BIMP-EAGA member countries expressed their gratitude to the NT Government in providing assistance to the private sectors in BIMP-EAGA through BEBC in their project known as the “BIMP-EAGA Business Portal” which offer SMEs in the BIMP-EAGA region to link with the NT and through the NT to the rest of Australia. We are confident that through this project, the private sectors will be able to expand their business linkages and network.

7. BIMP-EAGA member countries encourage the NT Government and the private sectors through the NT Chamber of Commerce to participate in our BIMP-EAGA supported event such as the Mindanao Business Conference in Zamboanga City and the Sabah International Expo in Kota Kinabalu.

8. BIMP-EAGA member countries expressed their appreciation to the NT Government for the excellent arrangements made.

Signed in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia on Twenty Fourth of May, 2006

 

For

 

The Government of

Brunei Darussalam

 

 

 

Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II

 

For

 

The Government of the

Republic of Indonesia

 

 

 

Mr. Bernardino M. Vega

Chairman of Indonesia National Secretariat for Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs

 

For

 

The Government of the

Federation of the Malaysia

 

 

 

 

Madam Noriyah bte Ahmad

Deputy Director General (Macro)

Economic Planning Unit

Prime Minister’s Department

For

 

The Government of the

Republic of Philippines

 

 

 

 

Sec. Jesus G. Dureza

Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process cum Chairman of Mindanao Economic Development Cooperation

For

 

The Government of Northern Territory

 

 

 

Clare Martin MLA

Chief Minister of Northern Territory

For

 

BIMP-EAGA Business Council

 

 

 

Romeo J. Serra

Chairman of BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC)