1. The ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 Sessions and 10+10 Retreat were convened on Thursday, 1 July 2004, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2. The PMC 10+1 Sessions consisted of meetings with Australia co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam; with Canada co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam; with New Zealand co-chaired by the Special Envoy of the Philippines; with Russia co-chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore; with the European Union co-chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia; and with the United States of America co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
3. The PMC 10+10 Retreat was chaired by H.E. Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. It was attended by the Foreign Ministers of all ASEAN Member Countries and of ASEAN Dialogue Partners, namely Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States, the Secretary General of the European Council and the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as the External Relations Commisssioner of the European Union.
4. The PMC 10+1 Sessions were focused on the overview and future direction of ASEAN cooperation with its Dialogue Partners. In this regard, all Ministers noted that progress had been achieved in developing cooperation and agreed to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation.
5. The Ministers of the ASEAN Dialogue Partners expressed their interests to support and to be involved in the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan and the implementation of the Vientiane Integration Agenda (VIA), which was planned to be adopted at the 10th ASEAN Summit in Vientiane next November.
6. During the PMC 10+10 Retreat, the Ministers discussed two important topics, namely the ASEAN Community and the outcomes of the G8 Summit. The Ministers also deliberated on other international issues of common concerns.
7.The Ministers of ASEAN Dialogue Partners conveyed their appreciation to the ASEAN side for providing an explanation of the ASEAN Community. They supported the concept of the ASEAN Community made up of the ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Security Community and ASEAN Socio-cultural Community. The Ministers believed that the Community would bring peace, stability and prosperity to the ASEAN region, which in turn would also contribute to peace and stability in the whole Asia Pacific region.
8. The Ministers of ASEAN Dialogue Partners supported the ASEAN Security Community (ASC) as an undertaking to strengthen regional resilience and capacity to cope with current and future international challenges. The Ministers also noted that the comprehensive security cooperation forged under the ASC would facilitate ASEAN internal process in discussing unresolved issues through peaceful means.
9. The Ministers of ASEAN Dialogue Partners supported the ASEAN Economic Community which would be characterized by free movements of goods, services, capitals and skilled labour in the ASEAN region. This is in line with the world-wide venture for liberalization. Accordingly, ASEAN was expected to be a competitive region in the international economic system.
10. The Ministers of ASEAN Dialogue Partners expressed their support for the ASEAN Sociocultural Community (AScC), which would involve the participation of the whole stakeholders, especially women, in the development. By involving the stakeholders in development, this venture was believed to bring benefits to ASEAN countries in overcoming any challenges, particularly in alleviating poverty to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
11. In this regard, the Ministers of ASEAN Dialogue Partners believed that through the proper implementation of activities under the AScC Plan of Action, ASEAN would be able to establish a community of caring societies in the future. They expressed their commitment to assist ASEAN in this undertaking.
12. The ASEAN Ministers and their Dialogue Partners also exchanged views on the outcomes of the G8 summit, especially with regard to the roles of private sectors in alleviating poverty. They also deliberated on other prominent issues, such as the negotiations in the World Trade Organisation.