ASEAN and Australia held the 12th Joint Planning and Review Committee (JPRC) Meeting of the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 18 May.
The meeting reviewed the implementation of the AADCP II and discussed further enhancement of program implementation and cooperation. The committee also approved the 2017-2018 Rolling Prioritisation Plan (RPP), including programming of around USD 6 million to support six recently approved projects. These include a feasibility study for ASEAN multilateral power trade and a project of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) to assess post-harvest losses, loss reduction technologies, and practices.
Ambassador Min Lwin, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to ASEAN and Country Coordinator of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations, and Jane Duke, Ambassador of Australia to ASEAN, co-chaired the meeting.
AADCP II will deliver up to AU$57 million between 2008 and 2019, supporting a range of projects and activities in support of the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together” particularly the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint, the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and IAI Work Plan III.
The cooperation program plays a significant role in the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership, and supports a number of initiatives arising from the ASEAN – Australia Special Summit held in Sydney earlier this year, including ‘Establishing the Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline of Potential ASEAN Infrastructure Projects’ and the ‘ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy’, both under the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025.
AADCP II works across AEC-priority sectors including infrastructure, agriculture, investment, services, tourism, consumer protection and financial integration. It supports ASEAN sectoral bodies through research and policy advice and support for regional mechanisms and capacity for the implementation of selected AEC Blueprint activities at the national level. The cooperation program also supports the strengthening of ASEAN Secretariat institutional capacity.