Australia and New Zealand were among ASEAN’s first Dialogue Partners. Soon after the establishment of formal relations between ASEAN and the two countries, the first ASEAN-Australia and ASEAN-New Zealand Summits were held in 1977. Since then, ASEAN’s relations with Australia and New Zealand have shown steady progress. Australia and New Zealand are active supporters and participants of ASEAN initiatives such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the East Asia Summit. In August 2008, negotiations were concluded on the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA), which will further strengthen the already extensive economic linkages between ASEAN and the two countries. As political and economic ties are further enhanced, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand will increasingly benefit from pursuing coordinated policies, especially on security and economic issues.
The primary aim of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Dialogue is to provide an avenue for informal and frank dialogue on the major strategic issues affecting the Asia Pacific, as well as the role of ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand in strengthening peace and security in the region. Participants will discuss how ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand can meaningfully shape the nature of interaction among the major powers in the region, particularly between China, Russia, Japan, India and the United States. The Dialogue will also examine the critical challenges to the region’s continued economic prosperity and propose steps that ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand can undertake to alleviate the effects of slowing economic growth.
THE 3rd ASEAN-AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND DIALOGUE
28-30 NOVEMBER 2010
Session 1: Analysing Southeast Asia's Economic Competitiveness
Session 2: Practical Steps to Deepen and Strengthen ASEAN people-to-people ties with Australia and New Zealand
Session 3: Talking Stock of the Major Powers: How the Region Views China and Japan
Session 4: Talking Stock of the Major Powers: How the Region Views India and the US
Session 5: Defence Cooperation
Session 6: Regional Cooperation and People Smuggling
Session 7: Australia and New Zealand Updates