Development Policy and International Relations
Since ASEAN has numerous partners, respective country of ASEAN Member States has played as the Country Coordinator with their external partners. Therefore, in order to strengthen their mutual interest and comparative advantages of both sides (ASEAN and its External Partners), each ASEAN Member State would rotate themselves in a three-years-term to be a Country Coordinator with External Partners namely Australia, Canada, China, EU, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, and United States.
As stated in the article 42 of ASEAN Charter, “Member States, acting as the country coordinators, shall take turns to take overall responsibility in coordinating and promoting the interests of ASEAN in its relations with the relevant Dialogue Partners, Regional and International Organizations and Institutions.”
The following is the list of ASEAN Dialogue Coordinationship:
Besides these, ASEAN Secretariat also has duties to be a coordinator as well. It has been a coordinator with UN and Pakistan (Pakistan is only a Sectoral Dialogue Partner to ASEAN) since 2006 till present time. More interestingly, ASEAN Member States also have a rotation on regional grouping such as ECO, GCC, MERCOSUR, RIO GROUP, and SAARC.
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