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ASEAN-German cooperation significant: Deputy Secretary General

JAKARTA, March 5 (Xinhua) — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday stressed the importance of its cooperation with Germany.

“Other than financial assistance, the significance of Germany’s contribution comes in the form of technical expertise, capacity building, skills upgrading, as well as project management,” said ASEAN Deputy Secretary General for Corporate and Community Affairs Development Bagas Hapsoro in a press statement.

Germany is one of ASEAN’s most important development partners.

To date, Germany has contributed 48 million euros to ASEAN projects.

Speaking at the opening of the First ASEAN-Germany Strategic Planning Workshop held at the ASEAN Secretariat, Hapsoro cited some examples to illustrate the evolution of Germany’s assistance in the development of ASEAN.

“The successful completion of the ASEAN-German Regional Forestry Program was succeeded by a new ASEAN-German Program on Response to Climate Change. In the area of regional economic integration, Germany is supporting two related projects on the promotion of competition policy and law, and in enhancing public- private sector engagement in the ASEAN region — both at the national and the regional levels,” he said.

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Written by Kham

05/03/2012 at 8:23 pm

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