In response to the request from ASEAN plus Three leaders to “urge the full utilisation of the Centres to promote trade and investment in the larger context of the ASEAN Plus Three cooperation” (Chairman’s statement of the 17th ASEAN Plus Three Summit, 2014, para. 27) and “establish greater synergies with other establishments such as the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), East Asia Business Council (EABC) and the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)” (Chairman’s statement of the 18th ASEAN Plus Three Summit, 2015, para. 26), the Secretaries General of ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC), ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), and ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) met at the ASEAN-Japan Hall, ASEAN-Japan Centre on April 19, 2016. It was the seventh informal meeting, but first meeting held in Japan, following a meeting in Manila, Philippines in earlier this year, on the occasion of the 35th ASEAN Tourism Forum.
At the meeting, Mr. Masataka Fujita, Secretary General of the AJC, H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary General of the ACC and H.E. Mr. Kim Young-sun, Secretary General of the AKC, had in-depth discussions on cooperation among three Centres as well as cooperation with other relevant organizations, and shared best practices of flagship programs of respective Centres. They also had separate dialogue sessions with EABC and TCS.
Through the meetings, the Secretaries General reconfirmed commitments to further cooperate in accordance with the request from the ASEAN Plus Three leaders, and agreed to participate in the exchange programs to be organized by the ACC and the AKC. They also agreed to exchange the calendar of events for outreaching information on respective activities to the constituencies of the EABC and the three Centres, and to participate in certain exchange activities of the TCS.
These concrete cooperative activities to be implemented by the three Centres, however small they are, would assist the ASEAN Plus Three leaders in consolidating their partnership towards a strengthened regional cooperation in the context of ASEAN Plus Three.