Indonesia hosts the 25th ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue that will be held in Jakarta on 10-11 April 2018. The Dialogue Meeting is a regular meeting among Senior Officials (SOM) of the ASEAN Member Countries and New Zealand, who are in the position of Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs or Director General who are in charge of the ASEAN affairs in their respective Ministries. In 2016, the Meeting was held in Bali, whereas in 2017, the Meeting was held in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Indonesia is the ASEAN Country Coordinator for the ASEAN-New Zealand partnership for 2015-2018. Indonesia's coordinatorship will end on July/August this year during the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference+1 Meeting with New Zealand that will be held in Singapore. Cambodia will then replace Indonesia as the Country Coordinator. Indonesia, at the same time, will take a new responsibility as the Country Coordinator for ASEAN-Russia partnership for 2018-2021.
The 25th ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue Meeting is very special for Indonesia because it is convened right at the final months of Indonesia's coordinatorship. During its coordinatorship, Indonesia is able to push forward the deepening and strengthening of the ASEAN-New Zealand partnership. Firstly, New Zealand officially opened its Mission for ASEAN in Jakarta on 22 October 2015. Secondly, ASEAN and New Zealand held the 40th Commemorative Summit on 22 November 2015. During this Summit, the ASEAN-New Zealand partnership was elevated from Comprehensive Partnership to Strategic Partnership, through the adoption of the Joint Statement for the ASEAN-New Zealand Strategic Partnership 2016-2020. Thirdly, ASEAN and New Zealand adopted the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Statement for 2016-2020 that consists of 59 plan of actions in political and security issues, economic issues, socio-cultural issues, connectivity issues, strengthening the ASEAN Secretariat, narrowing the development gap and expanding ASEAN integration. In addition, Indonesia and New Zealand co-chaired the EAS Conference on Combating Marine Plastic Debris in Bali, 6-7 September 2017, to provide solutions to the problems of marine plastic debris in the region.
The Dialogue Meeting in Jakarta will be an opportunity to review the ASEAN-New Zealand Strategic Partnership over the past 3 years, so that the partnership may be strengthened further in the coming years. Moreover, during this Dialogue Meeting, there will be exchange of views on the development in ASEAN, New Zealand and Pacific regions, as well as the development of a number of regional and international issues that are being the common concern, such as Regional Architecture, Terrorism, Extremism, and Transnational Crimes, RCEP negotiations, and the UN Post 2015 Agenda.
Indonesian Delegation will be headed by the Director General of ASEAN Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Jose Tavares, being the ASEAN-Indonesia SOM Leader, whereas the New Zealand Delegation will be headed by the Deputy Secretary of the Americas and Asia Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ben King.
Jakarta, 9 April 2018
Source: Directorate for ASEAN External Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs