As the country coordinator for ASEAN-Canada dialogue relations, Thailand is hosting the 9th ASEAN-Canada Dialogue on 7-8 June 2012, when connectivity between ASEAN and Canada is to be highlighted among various topics of discussion.
The event takes place at the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok and will be co-chaired by Mr. Nopadol Gunavibool, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and Mr. Grant Manuge, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for the International Business Development, Innovation and Asia Branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ASEAN-Canada Dialogue is an annual meeting at the senior officials level. Its main objectives are to review and discuss ways and means to intensify relations and enhance cooperation between the two sides in all dimensions. It is also a forum for ASEAN and Canada to share information and update on significant developments in ASEAN and Canada and exchange views on strategic issues ranging from political and security to economic affairs as well as regional and global challenges.
This dialogue is held during an important occasion as this year marks the 35th anniversary of ASEAN-Canada relations and coincides with the final year for Thailand to serve as the country coordinator. It will also discuss on how to ensure that the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Declaration on the ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership 2010-2015 can be translated into tangible outcomes and how to promote closer economic partnership in accordance with ASEAN-Canada Joint Declaration on Trade and Investment.
During Thailand’s tenure of coordinatorship between July 2009 and July 2012, not only has Canada recognized the increasing importance of the Asia-Pacific region and expressed its commitment in enhancing her constructive role in this region,
Thailand as the country coordinator has also succeeded in advancing ASEAN-Canada partnership in many aspects. Recent landmark developments in ASEAN-Canada relations include the adoption of the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Declaration on the ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership 2010-2015, which represents the roadmap on how to further promote cooperation in all dimensions, Canada’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) and the Third Protocol Amending the TAC, which reflects Canada’s strong commitment to promoting peace and security in the region, and the adoption of the Joint Declaration on trade and investment, which illustrate respectively ASEAN-Canada commitments to strengthen economic cooperation in order to boost bilateral trade and investment flows on both sides.
The hand-over of the coordinatorship to Singapore will be made at the next ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference 10+1 Session with Canada in July 2012 in Phnom Penh.