The Parliamentary League for ERIA held the meeting with the new Secretary General of ASEAN

Updated:18 December 2017

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Tokyo, Japan: On 11 December 2017, the ERIA's Parliamentary League met with the new Secretary General of ASEAN, Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi.

H.E. Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Chairman of the Parliamentary League for ERIA, opened the meeting.

Prof Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of ERIA, reported ERIA's activity in 2017. Firstly, he took the opportunity to express condolences regarding the passing of Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary General of ASEAN and special advisor to the President of ERIA who passed away on 30 November 2017.

Prof Nishimura then reported the outcomes of ERIA's participation in the 31st ASEAN Summit, 12th East Asia Summit and related meetings which were held in Manila, Philippines, 10-14 November 2017.

In addition, he mentioned the keynote lecture of H.E. Mr. Toshihiro Nikai in the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN; the High Level Forum on 19 October 2017 in Manila, which was highly appreciated by the 300 participants from across ASEAN.

In concluding, he said 'ERIA will support the next Secretary General of ASEAN and will continue to work for the peace and prosperity of this region'. He also expressed appreciation for the extraordinary support and guidance from the members of Parliamentary League for ERIA, saying that 'we will continue to devote ourselves during the next year, the 10th anniversary of ERIA'.

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Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, the new Secretary-General of ASEAN, who will officially take office in January 2018, delivered a keynote speech. Jock Hoi has been the Chair of the ERIA Governing Board since 2011.

He touched upon several topics including the backlash against globalisation and economic integration in some parts of the world. Against this backdrop, he said, 'ASEAN remains committed to promoting regional peace, security and prosperity in the region, and in collectively addressing common challenges. Together with its dialogue partners, including Japan, ASEAN will continue to drive the economic integration process in the region'.

He highly appreciated the leadership of H.E. Mr. Nikai in establishing ERIA, and the contribution of ERIA staff members who have been working hard to support ASEAN.

He introduced the Chairman's Statement of the 12th East Asia Summit, stating that 'ERIA is encouraged to continue to provide actionable policy recommendations to EAS Economic Ministers'. In this context, Jock Hoi stated that ERIA's contributions with various ASEAN bodies fields, including connectivity, transportation, trade facilitation, NTMs, SMEs, healthcare, energy and environment, have been critical in ASEAN's integration efforts and there is greater scope for enhanced collaboration between the ASEAN Secretariat and ERIA.

Finally, he asked continued support from members of the Parliamentary League for ERIA and reaffirmed his commitment to support and guide ERIA's work in the coming years, as the next Secretary General of ASEAN.

At the end of the meeting, Parliamentary members had an opportunity for a candid exchange of views with Dato Lim Jock Hoi and shared their thoughts on how ERIA can effectively further contribute in healthcare and environment, and social-cultural issues. Jock Hoi reiterated his high expectations for ERIA's technical contribution.

The meeting was moderated by H.E. Mr. Tadahiko Ito, Vice Secretary-General of the Parliamentary League for ERIA.

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