The Jakarta Post
New Zealand is actively committed to ASEAN taking the lead to support regional integration, as well as to providing aid for the less-developed ASEAN countries, officials said during the 25th ASEAN-New Zealand dialogue held in Jakarta on Wednesday.
The dialogue was held to review the progress of the implementation of the 2016-2020 New Zealand-ASEAN plan of action, which was a follow-up to the upgrading of the ASEAN-New Zealand partnership from “comprehensive” to “strategic” during the 40th ASEAN-New Zealand summit in 2015. The deputy secretary for the Americas and Asia at New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry, Ben King, said his country supported the ASEAN-centered regional frameworks, such as the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defense Minister Meeting Plus (ADMM+).
“[The ASEAN-led forums] represent an important opportun...