September 15, 2021
On September 15, the 27th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) - METI Consultations were held as part of the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings. Minister Kajiyama attended. The ASEAN Member States welcomed the ASEAN-Japan Priority for Innovative and Sustainable Growth that Japan proposed.
On September 15 (Wed.), the 27th AEM-METI Consultations were held (via video conference) between Japan, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN member states. Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended for Japan.
In the meeting, the participants shared their progress on implementing the ASEAN-Japan Economic Resilience Action Plan issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Special AEM-METI Consultations held in July last year.
Japan also proposed the ASEAN-Japan Priority for Innovative and Sustainable Growth (hereinafter the "Priority"), a set of matters for both ASEAN and Japan to take priority action toward post-COVID economic growth. The Meeting welcomed the proposal.
The Priority contain the following four matters:(1) Steadily implement the ASEAN-Japan Economic Resilience Action Plan.
(2) Identify priority fields for focusing on innovation and sustainability in three areas: industry, urban areas, and rural areas.
(3) Review and upgrade the ASEAN-Japan Economic Resilience Action Plan based on these three areas.
(4) Further promote public-private partnerships between ASEAN and Japan based on the Dialogue for Innovative and Sustainable Growth (DISG) launched in last year's meeting.
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