Its nice to know Australia is increasing its focus on the potentials of an ASEAN market of which the Philippines is a part. Let’s hope the roadmap being prepared will encourage closer and higher cross border relationships covering all fields available (political, economic, people-to-people and socio-cultural fields. The Philippines stand only to benefit from the roadmap being made.
From BusinessWorld Philippines
June 05, 2014
ASEAN, Australia to release relations roadmap
THE ASSOCIATION of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia are set to issue a roadmap in November to detail steps to further strengthen their relationship.
In a statement posted on the ASEAN Web site, the two parties agreed that the ASEAN-Australia Commemorative Summit will be held in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw, in November to launch “a new era of Dialogue Relations, including the unveiling of the new 2015-2019 Plan of Action and an ASEAN-Australia Leaders’ Joint Statement that will chart the future directions of partnership in political, economic, people-to-people and socio-cultural fields.”
“As ASEAN’s first dialogue partner, Australia has been an important partner in ASEAN’s integration efforts for the benefit of our people,” Philippine Ambassador to ASEAN and ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations coordinator Elizabeth P. Buensuceso said, in a separate statement by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
In a meeting in Canberra, Australia, last week, ASEAN officials discussed trade and investment cooperation, Australia’s forthcoming trade missions to some ASEAN countries, negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, tourism promotion, educational and people-to-people exchanges and peace and security issues, including developments in the South China Sea, with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb. — Daryll Edisonn D. Saclag
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