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ASEAN to UK 54. This is the first formal participation by senior officials since being given the status of dialogue partner inI ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting on 2nd August, 2021.
During the event, both sides agreed to strengthen their existing cooperation and explore new areas of future cooperation including counter terrorism and violent extremism, cyber security, international crime, maritime cooperation, digital integration; Transition to clean energy, food security, sustainable infrastructure, environment and climate change.
Other areas of cooperation are people-to-people exchanges; Connectivity, including implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN), IAI Action Plan IV (2021 -2025), implementation of education and human resource development, especially technical and vocational education and training ( TVET) and public health.
The meeting highlighted the close cooperation of the parties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the phase of recovery from the pandemic, with the UK’s £1 million contribution to ASEAN’s COVID Response Fund-19 being highly appreciated.
Participants also stressed the need for continued cooperation for regional post-pandemic recovery, including the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies (RRMS) for Public Health Emergencies (RRMS), the ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHED) and ASEAN Are included. Comprehensive recovery framework and its implementation plan.
The meeting welcomed the implementation of the Joint ASEAN-UK Ministerial Declaration on Future Economic Cooperation, which provides guidance on strengthening ASEAN-UK commitments across the economic pillar.
The meeting noted the progress and ongoing work in negotiating the Plan of Action (PoA) for implementing the ASEAN-UK Dialogue Partnership for 2022-2026 and looks forward to the adoption of the agreement during the ASEAN-UK Foreign Ministers. The conference is scheduled for August 4 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Senior officials also exchanged views on regional economic development and the multilateral trading system, the importance of maintaining ASEAN’s centrality in the regional architecture and the situation in the East Sea and Ukraine, among others.
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