The 5th Joint Meeting of the Japan Task Force and the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC)
The 5th Joint Meeting of the Japan Task Force on ASEAN Connectivity and the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) was held on April 4, 2013 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting, which was to succeed the 4th such meeting held in September last year, was attended from the Japanese side by Mr. Hidenao Yanagi, Deputy Director-General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the head of the Delegation, H.E. Mr. Kimihiro ISHIKANE, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Representatives of JICA and the Jakarta Japan Club (JCC) also participated in the meeting. Participants from ASEAN side were H.E. Mr. Adnan Ja’afar, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam as the Chairman of ACCC, other ACCC members and officials from the ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat.
In this meeting, ASEAN side explained the recent efforts toward the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), while the Japanese side presented the final outcome of the Feasibility Study on the Roll-on/Roll-Off (Ro Ro) Network and Short-sea Shipping and introduced the establishment of Jakarta Office of the Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center (JASIC). Japan also explained the implementation of projects such as JENESYS 2.0 and SEED-Net Phase III as the projects which would contribute to reinforcing of People-to-People Connectivity.
In addition, there was a statement from the JJC that introduced activities under frameworks of the JABODETABEK Metropolitan Priority Area (MPA) and annual Dialogue between ASEAN Secretary-General and the Federation of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in ASEAN (FJCCIA) as examples of efforts to contribute to the strengthening of ASEAN Connectivity.
Japan’s public and private sectors will continue to work together with ASEAN and contribute to the strengthening of ASEAN Connectivity through smooth communication with ASEAN.