The annual meeting between the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) and the National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance was held on 31 October 2023 in hybrid format to give continuity to the activities of the 2021-2025 Work Plan, as well as to reaffirm the ties of cooperation and friendship between the two regional blocs.
The Meeting exchanged views on developments in both regions, reviewed the implementation of the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Work Plan (2021-2025) and discussed ways to further promote cooperation between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance, with emphasis on Gender Equality; Student Mobility; Digital Economy; Environment; Culture; and Education.
Both sides highlighted the importance of promoting bi-regional work, making their achievements visible. At the Meeting, the Pacific Alliance presented four proposals with regard to joint activities on gender mainstreaming, sustainable management of plastic waste, student and academic exchanges, and cultural exchanges. To institutionalise the engagement between the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and the National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance, the Meeting agreed to revise the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Framework for Cooperation and to subsequently submit it to the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting for adoption. They also looked forward to resuming the Ministerial Meetings between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance in 2024 and onwards.
The Meeting was attended by members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance, with physical attendance of the Ambassador and representatives from the Embassies of Pacific Alliance Member Countries in Jakarta, as well as the representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat, and Timor-Leste as an observer.