ASEAN News January – March 2017

ASEAN News January – March 2017

ASEAN, India discuss ways to further enhance strategic partnership – April 7, 2017

As ASEAN and India celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their relations this year, senior officials from both sides met yesterday in New Delhi and discussed ways to take the partnership to a greater height.

They deliberated on how cooperation between ASEAN and India could be further strengthened in areas such as maritime security, countering terrorism and violent extremism, transnational crimes and cyber security, trade and investment, connectivity, science and technology, agriculture and forestry, as well as climate change, environment, disaster management, education, cultural and people-to-people links.

The 19th Meeting of ASEAN-India Senior Officials also reviewed the progress in the implementation of decisions made by the Leaders at the 14th ASEAN-India Summit in September last year, as well as the implementation of the ASEAN-India Plan of Action 2016-2020, including the list of priorities for the period 2016-2018. The meeting further explored ways and means to effectively implement measures contained in these important documents.

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ASEAN & New Zealand reaffirms commitment to closer partnership – March 23, 2017

The 24th Dialogue expressed satisfaction with the progress of the implementation of the ASEAN-New Zealand Plan of Action (2016-2020), adopted in 2015. This Plan, which provides the broad framework for ASEAN-New Zealand cooperation over five years, also supports ASEAN’s community building and integration efforts.

ASEAN and New Zealand both acknowledged the good economic ties they presently enjoy, but agreed to go further by ensuring that the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area Agreement, due for review in June 2017. ASEAN and New Zealand also agreed on the need to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership expeditiously but not at the expense of securing a high quality agreement.

New Zealand reiterated its support for ASEAN’s central role in the regional architecture. ASEAN encouraged New Zealand to continue its active participation in regional mechanisms such as the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus. The officials also discussed recent regional and international developments.

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ASEAN discusses indicators to measure population health and fitness of the region – February 28, 2017

The special meeting on the formulation of ASEAN Physical Fitness Indicators (APFI) was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand on 28 February. The meeting aimed at exchanging health and fitness indicators, and other relevant tools commonly used in the ASEAN Member States to gather information related to population, health and fitness, and health and fitness system performance in ASEAN. Six health-based physical fitness indicators identified were cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, body mass index, and sports participation rate.  These indicators will comprise the AFPI and will serve as basis in collecting data on the level of physical fitness of ASEAN. ASEAN agreed to strengthen technical cooperation on AFPI between and among the ten Member States and recommended further consultation on the AFPI framework at the 7th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Sports in Nay Pyi Taw in October 2017.

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