Nations to Discuss Oil Cooperation at Meet
December 31, 2004
one-day ministerial-level meeting of Asian countries on cooperation
in the energy sector is likely to focus on energy security only.
The buyer-seller meet on January 6 might not focus on commercial
issues. Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is the man behind
the initiative, has christened it the Ministerial Round-Table Conference-Regional
Cooperation/Key to Energy Security. The ministerial might be institutionalised
and followed by more such meetings, an official said.
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Adopts FTA Policy Focusing on Partners in Asia
The Japan Times
December 22, 2003
government on Tuesday approved a basic plan to promote free-trade
agreements, prioritizing accords with Asian trading partners to
help build an East Asian community.
idea of setting up an East Asian community is meant to enhance regional
cooperation based on the ASEAN-plus-three process involving Association
of Southeast Asian Nations member states plus Japan, China and South
Korea. Japan has suggested that Australia, New Zealand and India
be admitted as members of the proposed community.
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India, Myanmar to Discuss Energy Cooperation
Asian News Service
December 19, 2004
of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar will meet in Yangon next month
to discuss regional energy cooperation, including the possibility
of implementing a trans-national gas pipeline.
Bangladesh's Minister for Energy A.K.M. Mosharraf Hossain has sent
a letter to his Indian counterpart regarding the gas pipeline and
other issues to be discussed during the Jan 9-11 SAARC summit here,
the Daily Star reported Sunday.
The energy ministers of the three countries will meet in Myanmar
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Back India to join East Asian Community Grouping
December 18, 2004
Singapore and Thailand have backed India to be included in the East
Asia Community, currently comprising only Asean members, China,
Japan and South Korea.
Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said whether India should
be included at the first East Asian summit in Kuala Lumpur next
year would be discussed at an informal ministerial meeting of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cebu next March.
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Cooperation Dialogue Member Countries Boost Ties
December 15, 2004
Some 100 delegates from member countries of the Asia Cooperation
Dialogue (ACD) forum gathered at a symposium opened in Thailand
on Wednesday to exchange views on how to promote regional cooperation.
his opening speech, Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai
said Asian leaders have expressed their political resolve and commitment
to forge Asian cooperation, adding that the wealth of resources
and diversity in Asia, if utilised, will not only promote sustainable
development in the region but also bring prosperity worldwide.
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FTA Talks on the Rise
December 7, 2004
the past few years, Asian countries have engaged in a spree to create
bilateral and regional free trade agreements.Trade envoys are busy
working on piles of documents to establish trade liberalization
and investment facilitation arrangements, which they hope, will
promote the free flow of goods, services and investment across borders.
and Thailand have emerged as the two Asian countries with the biggest
number of completed free trade agreements (FTA), according to the
Asia News Network survey. Three of the largest Asian economies
Japan, China and India follow the top two closely, with an increasing
number of FTAs signed or under negotiation.
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to Host Second East Asia Forum
December 3, 2004
will host the 2nd East Asia Forum (EAF) on Dec. 5-6 here, which
will be opened by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.
forum is jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
the East Asian Business Council of Malaysia and its theme is "Towards
an Integrated East Asian Community," the ministry said in a
statement released here.
that have confirmed participation are the Foreign Ministers of Laos,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
of Singapore and Senior vice minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan,
the statement indicated.
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, ASEAN Draw Contours of Cooperation
December 1, 2004
of India’s vision of a greater Asian Economic Community which found
an echo with Japan and some ASEAN members, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh called for breaking down the North-South disparities and barriers
and giving a massive push to economic activities for development
and betterment of the people in the ASEAN region.
efforts had to be intensified in removing the instability in Asia
and focussing on core areas encompassing agriculture, health, education
and science and technology for the upliftment of the people within
a region and beyond, he asserted.
traditional agrarian societies in Asia as evidenced in ASEAN as
well had to be given focussed attention by promoting seeds research
and scientific and technological inputs, he added.
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ASEAN Eye More Alliances
and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Tuesday to
start talks on broader economic alliances -- including free-trade
agreements -- while pledging to fight terrorism.
and ASEAN "should commence the negotiations" on a comprehensive
economic partnership in April, according to a joint statement issued
after a summit Tuesday at the Laotian capital.
are also "committed to endeavor to conclude the negotiations
within two years from that date," it said.
statement was released as a progress report on a 2003 Japan-ASEAN
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