The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and Japan reviewed their cooperation and its future direction, focusing on areas of mutual interest and concern across the three pillars of political-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation during the 7th Asean-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) Meeting held recently at the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta.

The AJJCC also discussed preparations for the forthcoming Post Ministerial Conference (PMC)+1 Session with Japan to be held on August 9 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

In addition, the meeting exchanged views on developments in Asean and Japan.

The Meeting welcomed Japan’s continued commitment in supporting Asean Community-building and integration toward 2015 and beyond, including the establishment of the Japan-Asean Integration Fund (Jaif) 2.0 amounting to $100 million following the closing of the original Jaif.

The Meeting stressed the importance of ensuring the effective implementation of the Asean-Japan Plan of Action 2011-2015 and the Implementation Plan to Implement the Vision Statement on Asean-Japan Friendship and Cooperation adopted at the Asean-Japan Commemorative Summit in December 2013. The progress of implementation of the Plan of Action and the Implementation Plan will be submitted to the Asean-Japan Summit in November.

The meeting was co-chaired by Kan Pharidh, permanent representative of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Asean, and Koichi Aiboshi, ambassador of Japan to Asean.

The permanent representatives of Asean member-states to Asean, their representatives, officials from the Mission of Japan to Asean and the Asean Secretariat also participated in the meeting.