ASEAN, New Zealand step up result-oriented cooperation
Updated : Tuesday, July 03, 2018 2:58 PM (GMT+0700)

Thesixth ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting was held inJakarta, Indonesia, on July 2, according to the Vietnamese delegation to theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Delegates at the sixth ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting - Source: VNA

The meeting aims to assessthe ASEAN-New Zealand partnership over the past year, especially theimplementation of the Action Plan for 2016-2020 in order to realise the JointStatement for the ASEAN-New Zealand Strategic Partnership for 2016-2020, the PeopleStrategy and the Property Strategy.  

The two sides noted withpleasure positive outcomes of cooperation in various fields in the year, andagreed to enhance result-oriented collaboration in the realms of sharedconcerns, especially in the areas of New Zealand’s strength and ASEAN’spriority like agriculture, English language training, vocational training, foodsecurity, natural disaster response and development gap narrowing. 

Speaking at the event, NewZealand Ambassador to ASEAN Pam Dunn stressed New Zealand’s policy of attachingimportance to the affiliation with ASEAN and the country’s support for theten-member group in materialising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

New Zealand backs thecentral role played by ASEAN and will work to boost cooperation in narrowingdevelopment gap, the diplomat pledged. 

Pam Dunn said New Zealandwill extend the duration of its funding of the ASEAN-New Zealand Free TradeAgreement Economic Cooperation Programme until December 31, 2019. 

The country will also activelyparticipate in ASEAN-led regional mechanisms and contribute to peace, stabilityand security in the region, including the East Sea issue, he added. 

The ASEAN side suggestedbuilding concrete measures to reinforce the bilateral cooperation in the areasof common concern, spanning politics-security, economy, culture and socialaffairs, especially in the implementation of the two above-mentionedstrategies. 

ASEAN and New Zealandelevated their relationship to a strategic partnership in November 2015 on theoccasion of the 40th anniversary of their dialoguepartnership. 

They adopted the 2016-2020Action Plan with the centre being the People Strategy and PropertyStrategy. 

Also on the occasion, theNew Zealand Government committed to contributing 200 million NZD (134 millionUSD) to effectively implement the two strategies. 

The seventh ASEAN-NewZealand Cooperation Committee Meeting is scheduled to take place in 2019. 

ASEAN groups Brunei,Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore,Thailand and Vietnam.


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