Jakarta, 29 November 2022 (TDI): The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat hosted the sixth ASEAN-Germany Development Partnership Committee (AG-DPC) Meeting.

The two parties reaffirmed their commitment to advance their development partnership’s framework of cooperation in the meeting.

According to representatives, the long-standing connection between ASEAN and Germany has grown to include a wide range of initiatives undertaken across the three pillars of the ASEAN Community.

Moreover, the effective implementation of the ASEAN-Germany Practical Cooperation Areas (PCA) 2018-2022 was also recognized by both sides.

They also looked forward to the new PCA 2023–2027 being approved during the meeting.

Areas of shared interests

The participants emphasized the need to maximize the ASEAN-Germany Development Partnership’s potential.

They also talked about continuing to pursue cooperation in a variety of areas of shared interests and advantages.

Furthermore, the officials look forward to working on maritime cooperation, good governance and human rights, trade and investment, and the digital economy.

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In addition, the promotion of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, cybersecurity, people-to-people exchange, technical vocational training, climate cooperation, and environmental protection are also on the list.

Additionally, ASEAN and Germany underlined their commitment to solving and reducing the effects of new global issues.

These include food security, supply chain resilience, the green economy, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

Also, a variety of regional and global issues of interest and concern were discussed by both sides.

The annual AG-DPC Meeting resumed in person to assess and map the ASEAN-Germany partnership. This took place after two years of online meetings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Various officials co-chaired the sixth AG-DPC. Among them were Ekkaphab Phantavong, the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, and Ina Lepel, the Federal Republic of Germany’s ambassador to ASEAN.

Members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and their separate delegations attended the ceremony.