The Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, Dr. Makarim Wibisono warmly welcomed the Ambassador of New Zealand to Indonesia, Mr. David Taylor who visited the ASEAN Foundation on Wednesday, 8 February 2012. Dr. Makarim Wibisono explained about the priorities and activities of the ASEAN Foundation and what it has achieved, particularly on the capacity building activities that are supporting the ASEAN Charter’s directives. He mentioned the area of education, such as the programs dedicated for ASEAN graduate and post-graduate students through the programs for higher-learning education among the ASEAN universities and the ASEAN University Network (AUN).
Ambassador David Taylor who was joined by Ms. Natalie Ryan, Second Secretary (Regional) of the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta, informed of the activities that are currently on-going between New Zealand and ASEAN as well as between New Zealand and Indonesia. With ASEAN, he said that there are four areas on the agenda, namely, education, disaster management, agriculture and leadership program for young business people. He also sees the important connectivity between ASEAN, New Zealand and Australia in furthering ASEAN development in many sectors, in particular, the dynamic evolution of trade and business in the region.
Dr. Makarim Wibisono and Ambassador Taylor discussed four areas of cooperation which New Zealand and the ASEAN Foundation may be able to pursue in the near future, namely, education, media, environment and the youth. In this connection, both parties agreed to follow-up through closer communications in order to come up with a more focused areas of possible cooperation.
Mr. David Taylor is also New Zealand Ambassador to ASEAN since 2 August 2010.
The ASEAN Foundation was established by the ASEAN Leaders in December 1997 during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit to help bring about shared prosperity and a sustainable future to all 10 ASEAN Member Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.