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ASEAN and Switzerland reaffirmed their commitment to further deepening the partnership by continuing to pursue practical cooperation in a number of areas of mutual interests.
At the 3rd Meeting of the ASEAN-Switzerland Joint Sectoral Cooperation Committee (AS-JSCC) held at the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday, both sides expressed satisfaction on the concrete progress that had been made since the conferment of the status of Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN on Switzerland in July 2016.
The meeting discussed extensively the completed, ongoing, and planned projects in implementing the List of Priorities for Cooperation under the ASEAN-Switzerland Sectoral Dialogue Relations for 2017-2018 and the Practical Cooperation Areas 2017-2021. The projects are in the area of, among others, peace and reconciliation, environment, technical and vocational education and training, disaster management, migration and skills development, support capacity building in regional integration, entrepreneurial skills and MSMEs development.
Both sides further suggested a number of possible areas for future collaboration, including cyber security, combating transnational crime, sustainable development, connectivity, tourism, public health, narrowing of the development gap, women empowerment, gender equality, and the rights and welfare of children, and support for the ASEAN Smart Cities Network. ASEAN and Switzerland reaffirmed its commitment to effectively implement the remaining measures under the ASEAN-Switzerland Practical Cooperation Areas 2017-2021.
The meeting was co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Political-Security Community Department Hoang Anh Tuan and Assistant State Secretary for Asia and Pacific of Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Raphael Ngeli. It was attended by the Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States or their representatives, and delegates from a number of Swiss Agencies and the ASEAN Secretariat.