As another vivid testimony to the strong and sustained commitment between ASEAN and Canada who are celebrating 35 years of partnership and friendship in 2012, the 9th ASEAN-Canada Dialogue was held on 7-8 June 2012 in Bangkok, the Kingdom of Thailand.
At the dialogue, the two sides noted with satisfaction the good progress made in the partnership including thorough implementation of the key documents reached between ASEAN and Canada such as the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership, the ASEAN-Canada Joint Declaration on Trade and Investment, and the ASEAN-Canada Plan of Action. In 2012, trade between ASEAN and Canada amounted to 9.8 billion US dollars, meanwhile the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flow from Canada to ASEAN reached 1.6 billion US dollars.
Canada reiterated its commitment to and in ASEAN as well as its potential to contribute to the regional peace and stability. In this context, Canada informed ASEAN that it has approached Cambodia as Chair of the ADM Plus to express its desire to join the ADMM Plus. To respond, ASEAN welcomed the decision of Canada to lift economic sanctions on Myanmar following positive developments in the country. Both ASEAN and Canada looked forward to the launch of an ASEAN-Canada Business Council soon in the future.
The dialogue was preceded by a workshop of scholars and administrators from ASEAN and Canada who met to promote people to people connectivity through education and research, and then the recommendations from the workshop were presented to the officials of ASEAN and Canada for consideration. The workshop was organized by Canada’s international Development Research Center (IDRC) in cooperation with the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Thailand.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Nopadol Gunavibool, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of 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.