The First Joint Meeting of the Japan Task Force and the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee
On 7th July, 2011, the First Joint Meeting of the Japan Task Force to Support ASEAN Connectivity and the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) was held in Medan, Indonesia
ASEAN adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) at the 17th ASEAN Summit Meeting on October 2010 and in order to implement the MPAC, they established the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) composed by representatives appointed by each ASEAN Member State. Japan recognizes that ASEAN Connectivity is crucial not only for the development of ASEAN but also for the reconstruction of Japan which grows together with ASEAN, and immediately after the 17th ASEAN Summit Meeting on October 2010, established the joint Task Force that consists of participants from both public and private sector in Japan in order to support ASEAN Connectivity. The Task Force has held four meetings in Japan until the end of June 2011.
The Joint Meeting became the very first meeting for ACCC to have discussion with non-ASEAN countries. The Japan Task Force delegation was led by Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane, Deputy Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and consisted of representatives from MOFA, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism and JICA. H.E. Mr. Takio Yamada, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN and others also attended the Meeting. At the Meeting, the delegation of Task Force reconfirmed the establishment of cooperation network between Japan and ASEAN toward the strengthening of ASEAN Connectivity and exchanged views with the ACCC members by introducing Japan’s principles to support ASEAN Connectivity with some concrete ideas.
Link: ASEAN Secretariat HP Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity