The ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) has freshly held its eighth meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, to review the two sides’ cooperation and work out orientations for their future affiliation.

ASEAN and Japanese officials discussed preparations for the 17th ASEAN-Japan Summit, slated for November 12 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

They examined the implementation of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan adopted during the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in December 2013.

The AJJCC stressed the importance of ensuring the effective implementation of the vision statement and of the remaining measures under the Plan of Action in 2011-2015.

In this regard, an executive report on the progress of implementation of the two plans will be submitted to the 17th ASEAN-Japan Summit. It is used to monitor and evaluate the two sides’ cooperation.

Prior to the meeting, the AJJCC’s Working Group met to review the status of cooperation projects under the ASEAN-Japan Integration Fund (JAIF). The group discussed the papers on Operational Procedures of JAIF as prepared by Japan with the aim to enhance the effective operation and utilisation of the Fund.-VNA