On April 5th, 2022 The 23rd ASEAN-China Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting held via video conference. Permanent Representative of Myanmar to ASEAN, Ambassador Aung Myo Myint, and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to ASEAN, Deng Xijun, co-chaired the meeting, and attended by the Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States and the Deputy Secretary-General Robert Matheus Michael Tene for ASEAN Political-Security Community.
ASEAN and China reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen their partnership and cooperation in line with the ASEAN-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) established last year, as officials of both sides met at the 23rd ASEAN-China Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting today.
The Meeting discussed developments in ASEAN and China and the continued progress of cooperation over the last year. Substantive progress has been made in various areas of the ASEAN-China Plan of Action 2021-2025, such as trade, ICT, digital economy, education, public health, culture and information, media, environment and sustainable development, and narrowing the development gap.
Both sides discussed the follow-up to the implementation of the ASEAN-China CSP. Several areas have been highlighted with a view to making the partnership more substantive, meaningful and mutually beneficial, such as enhancing cooperation in trade and investment through the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area and implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement, digital economy, cybersecurity, connectivity including air connectivity, clean energy and environment protection.
The Meeting welcomed the progress of the ASEAN-China Sustainable Development Cooperation Year. Both sides are also working on a Technical Cooperation Agreement to strengthen collaboration between ASEAN and China in support of ASEAN Community building and integration.
ASEAN welcomed China’s continued support in addressing COVID-19, including its contribution in the total of USD 6 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and the implementation of the Program on Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capacity (PROMPT). Both sides agreed to work closely in facilitating the post-pandemic recovery, including through the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.
ACCF, Management Team (AMT) attended the JCC meeting on part of update the management of the ASEAN-China Cooperation Fund, in which ACCF has been and will be continued to support development projects to the benefits of the stakeholders in AMS countries, and China. The development projects under ACCF supports are covered various sectors such as people-to-people connection, education, environment, culture and sport, media exchange, climate change impact mitigation, combating marine debris, promoting clean energy, poverty eradication and disaster.
Prior to the JCC meetings, AMT has attended the “3rd ASEAN-China Cooperation Fund Working Group (ACCF-WG)” online conference on March 28th, 2022 to update ACCF projects status, update financial data, as well as, AMT management works and example of issue for betterment of cooperation between ASEC and AMT.