The ASEAN-Korea Centre hosted a meeting among the Secretaries-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, ASEAN-Japan Centre and ASEAN-China Centre on 12 April 2013 at the ASEAN-Korea Centre to discuss areas of collaboration that would further support cooperation among ASEAN and the Plus Three countries (the Republic of Korea, Japan, and China).
The ASEAN-Korea Centre, the ASEAN-Japan Centre, and the ASEAN-China Centre are intergovernmental organisations established between the Governments of ASEAN Member States, and Korea, Japan, and China, respectively. The organisations are the only one of its kind among the dialogue partners of ASEAN. The three Centres have been engaging in various work programmes and activities aimed to increasing trade volume, accelerate investment flow, invigorate tourism, and enrich cultural exchanges with ASEAN.
The important role of the Centres in strengthening cooperation among ASEAN Plus Three countries was emphasised by the ASEAN Plus Three leaders at the ASEAN Plus Three Summit t which was held to Commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation on 19 November 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The ASEAN Plus Three Leaders thereby expressed their anticipation on the three Centres playing a more constructive role in accelerating regional integration.
H.E. Chung Hae Moon, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, H.E. Onishi Yoshikuni, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Japan Centre and H.E. Ma Mingqiang, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre attended the meeting, first to be hosted by the ASEAN-Korea Centre since the establishment of the three Centres. The Secretaries- General discussed had an extensive and in-depth discussions on future cooperation among the three Centres, such as implementing joint work programmes, personnel exchange, and sharing of information and best practices.
The meeting was aimed at institutionalising cooperation between the three intergovernmental organisations founded to promote cooperation with ASEAN. It is envisaged that the meeting will contribute to realising the long term vision of the ASEAN Plus Three leaders of an East Asian community.
The Secretaries-General of the three Centres also discussed ways and means to enhance ASEAN Plus Three connectivity, thereby opening up a new dimension for cooperation among the countries.