1. The Fourth AEM-MOFCOM Consultation was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 29 September 2005.

2. The Consultation was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Soulivong Daravong, Minister of Commerce of Lao PDR; and H.E. Mr. Yu Guang Zhou, Deputy Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.

ASEAN-CHINA TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS

3. The Ministers exchanged views on current regional and global developments, particularly those which affect ASEAN-China trade and investment relations. The Ministers were pleased to note that ASEAN and China is now an economic region with approximately 1.85 billion consumers and combined GDP of US$ 2.48 trillion in 2004. The Ministers also noted the robust growth of China’s economy and that of ASEAN, which occurred despite calamities that caused modest impact on the region’s economic growth.  China’s economy grew by 9.5% in 2004 compared to 9.3% in 2003, while ASEAN posted a combined GDP of 6.1% in 2004, higher than the previous year’s economic growth of 5.2%. Fuelled by its robust economy, China’s FDI flows into ASEAN also increased from US$ 189 million in 2003 to US$ 226 million in 2004.

4. The Ministers were pleased to note the phenomenal growth in ASEAN-China bilateral trade since both sides agreed to establish the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) in 2002. Latest trade statistics revealed that bilateral trade between the two sides grew by 25% during the first half of 2005 as China continued to be ASEAN’s fourth largest trading partner and vice-versa. Trade volume for the first six months of 2005 was posted at US$ 59.76 billion.  The Ministers were equally pleased as bilateral trade grew at an annual rate of 38.9% for the period 2002-2004, reaching US$ 105.9 billion in 2004. 

EARLY HARVEST PROGRAMME (EHP)

5. The Ministers were briefed on the status of the implementation of the Early Harvest Programme (EHP), which commenced on 1 January 2004, and noted with satisfaction that after one-and-a-half years of implementation, tariffs on 4.9% of the total tariff lines have been eliminated.  Further, ASEAN-China trade for products covered by the EHP has increased by 29% from the 2003 value of US$1.55 billion to US$ 2 billion in 2004.
6. The Ministers were also pleased to note that the Philippines has concluded her EHP package with China and, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in April 2005, MFN tariffs on 214 tariff lines (HS 8-digits) according to the Philippines’ tariff nomenclature will be eliminated by 1 January 2006.

PROGRESS IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASEAN-CHINA FREE TRADE AREA (ACFTA)

7. The Ministers welcomed the conclusion of the negotiations for the trade in goods and dispute settlement mechanism for the ACFTA with the signing of the “Agreement on Trade in Goods” and the “Agreement on Dispute Settlement Mechanism” under the ASEAN-China Framework Agreement in Vientiane last year.  They also noted the current status of the implementation of the Trade in Goods Agreement which commenced in July 2005.  Noting that some countries still have to complete their national procedures, the Ministers urged them to expedite the completion of the process and have the TIG Agreement ready for implementation by all parties by the ASEAN-China Summit in Kuala Lumpur in December 2005.

8. The Ministers noted the appointment of National Focal Points in the implementation of the ACFTA. These National Focal Points have been designated to oversee the implementation of the ACFTA in particular, handling private sector queries on the ACFTA and immediate resolution of operational problems related to the granting of ACFTA concessions.

9. The Ministers endorsed the First Package of Product Specific Rules for the ACFTA Rules of Origin and urged the ROO negotiators to accelerate the ongoing negotiations for the Second Package of Product Specific Rules with a view to concluding the negotiation as soon as possible.

10. The Ministers were briefed on the on-going negotiations for the services and investment components of the ACFTA. The Ministers expressed appreciation for the efforts exerted by the ASEAN–China Trade Negotiating Committee and the Working Groups on Services and Investment. The Ministers urged the two Working Groups, particularly the Services Working Group, to maximize their efforts to conclude the agreements for signing at the Kuala Lumpur Summit in December 2005.

CHINA-ASEAN EXPO 2005

11. The Ministers were pleased with the outcome of the 1st ASEAN–China EXPO (CAEXPO). Organized in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Zone in November 2004. The event was participated in by 1,505 enterprises world-wide and more than 8,000 exhibitors, generating US$ 1.084 billion worth of trade. Riding on the success of the first EXPO, the 2nd ASEAN-China EXPO will be held in Nanning on 19-22 October 2005. This will be held in conjunction with the 2nd China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

BIMP-EAGA
 
12. The Ministers welcomed the engagement of China as a development partner of BIMP-EAGA.  They were also pleased to note the interest of BIMP-EAGA to participate in the 2nd ASEAN-China EXPO, particularly in the area of tourism.

 

LIST OF MINISTERS

The meeting was attended by:

(i) H.E Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam;

(ii) H.E. Mr. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce, Cambodia;

(iii) H.E. Mr. Yu Guang Zhou, Deputy Minister of Commerce, People’s Republic of China;

(iv) Mr. Herry Soetanto, Director-General of International Trade Cooperation, Ministry of Trade, Indonesia;

(v) H.E. Mr. Soulivong Daravong, Minister of Commerce, Lao PDR;

(vi) Mr. Ooi Say Chuan, Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia;

(vii) H.E. U Soe Tha, Minister for National Planning and Economic Development, Myanmar;

(viii) H.E. Mr. Elmer C. Hernandez, Undersecretary for Trade and Industry, Philippines;

(ix) Mr. David Chin, Director-General (Trade), Ministry for Trade and Industry, Singapore;

(x) H.E. Mr.  Suvit Maesincee, Vice-Minister of Commerce, Thailand;

(xi) H.E. Mr. Truong Dinh Tuyen, Minister of Trade, Viet Nam; and 

(xii) H.E. Mr. Ong Keng Yong, Secretary-General of ASEAN

 

NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR THE
ASEAN-CHINA FREE TRADE AREA

Brunei Darussalam:

Mr. Erywan Yusof
Director
Department of Trade
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
International Convention Centre, 2nd Floor
Jalan Berakas BB3910
Brunei Darussalam
Tel : +673-2383374/ 2383378/ 2383386/ 2383389
Fax : +673-2384099
Email : erywan.yusof@mfa.gov.bn; erywanyusof@yahoo.com

Cambodia:

Mr. Uy Sambath
Director
Department of Economic Integration and ASEAN
Ministry of Economy and Finance
Cambodia
Tel : +855-23-724371
Fax : +855-23-724374,
Email : uy_sambath54@yahoo.com

Indonesia:

Mr. Deddy Saleh
Director of Regional Cooperation,
Ministry of Trade
Jalan M.I. Ridwan Rais No. 5 Jakarta 10110
Indonesia
Tel : +62-21-385-8203
Fax : +62-21-385-8203
Email : deddy@saleh.to Mrs. Retno Kusumo Astuti
Deputy Director of Regional Cooperation
Ministry of Trade
Jalan M.I. Ridwan Rais No. 5 Jakarta 10110
Indonesia
Tel : +62-21-385-8203
Fax : +62-21-385-8203
Email : retno_kusumo@yahoo.com

Lao PDR:

Mr. Saysana Sayakone
Director of ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division
Foreign Trade Department
Ministry of Commerce
Tel : +856-21-452453
Fax : +856-21-415927 / 412434
Email : saysana2005@yahoo.com Mr. Songkarn Anoulath
Senior Officer
ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division
Foreign Trade Department
Ministry of Commerce
Tel : +856-21-452453
Fax : +856-21-415927 / 412434
Email : songkarn@yahoo.com

Malaysia:

Mr. Muthafa Yusof
Principal Assistant Director
ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division
Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Level 3, Block 10, Government Offices Complex
50622, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Tel  : +603-62034782
Fax  : +603-62019799
Email : muthafa@miti.gov.my Ms. Farah Ezelin Ishak
Assistant Director
ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division
Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Level 3, Block 10, Government Office Complex
50622, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Tel : +603-6203 4917
Fax : +603-6201 9799
Email : ezelin@miti.gov.my

Myanmar:

National AFTA Unit
Ministers’ Office
Theinbyu Road, Botahtaung P.O.
Yangon, Myanmar
Tel : +95-1-392765
Fax : +95-1-392736
Email : afta.myan@mptmail.net.mm

Philippines:

Ms. Ma. Elena L. Marbil
Senior Trade-Industry Development Specialist
Department of Trade and Industry 
3/F Trade and Industry Building
361 Sen. G. Puyat Ave., Makati City 1200
Philippines
Tel : +63-2-890 5149                   
Fax : +63-2-751 3262
Email : bitr_malen@dti.dti.gov.ph  Mr. Amador C. Pablo, Jr.
Senior Trade-Industry Development Specialist
Department of Trade and Industry
3/F Trade and Industry Building
361 Sen. G. Puyat Ave., Makati City 1200
Philippines
Tel : +63-2-897 8292                  
Fax : +63-2-751 3258
Email : bobotpablo@yahoo.com

Singapore:

Ms. Cindy Khoo
Assistant Director
Trade Division (Directorate B)
Ministry of Trade & Industry
100 High Street
#09-01 The Treasury
Singapore 179434
Tel : +65-6332 3466
Fax : +65-6334 5848 
Email : cindy_khoo@mti.gov.sg

Thailand:

Ms. Chiyawan Chongvatana
Senior Trade Officer
Department of Trade Negotiations
Ministry of Commerce
44/100 Thanon Nonthaburi 1
Bangkrasor, Amphoe Muang
Nonthaburi 11000
Thailand
Tel : +66-2-507-7254
Fax : +66-2-547-5614
Email : chiyawanc@moc.go.th Ms. Chanunya Bandhukul
Senior Trade Officer
Ministry of Commerce
44/100 Thanon Nonthaburi 1
Bangkrasor, Amphoe Muang
Nonthaburi 11000
Thailand
Tel : +66-2-507-7256
Fax : +66-2-547-5614
Email : chanunyab@moc.go.th

Viet Nam:

Mr. Le Quang Lan
Deputy Director
ASEAN Division
Multilateral Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Trade
21 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi
Viet Nam
Tel : +84-4-8262538 Ext. 1138
Fax : +84-4-8264696
Email : lanlq@mot.gov.vn Mr. Phan Thi Thu Hien
Director
ASEAN Division
Department of International Cooperation
Ministry of Finance
8 Phan Huy Chu Street, Hanoi
Viet Nam
Tel : +84-4-9330106
Fax : +84-4-9332351
Email : phanthuhien@mof.gov.vn

People’s Republic of China:

Mr. Zhang Shaogang
Deputy Director-General
Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs
Ministry of Commerce
No. 2, Dong Chang An Street
Beijing 100731
People’s Republic of China
Tel : +8610-65197706
Fax : +8610-65197213
Email : zhangshaogang@mofcom.gov.cn
 Mr. Liu Dong
Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs
Ministry of Commerce
No. 2, Dong Chang An Street
Beijing 100731
People’s Republic of China
Tel : +8610-65197203
Fax : +8610-65197213
Email : liudong@mofcom.gov.cn