Jakarta: Ambassador of Australia to ASEAN Will Nankervis presented his Letter of Credence to the Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi through video conference on Tuesday.
"Honoured to present credentials as Australian Ambassador to ASEAN this morning to Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi," the Australian Ambassador said on his official twitter page on Tuesday.
"Can’t wait to work with our partners and friends to take the ASEAN-Australia strategic partnership to the next level," he stated.
Last week, participants to the virtual ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Meeting shared the view that the ASEAN-Australia dialogue relationship has made strong progress since its establishment in 1974, and positively contributed to regional peace and stability.
At the event, held within the framework of the 53rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM-53), the foreign ministers of both sides held that ASEAN-Australia cooperation has significantly contributed to realising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, including the Blueprints of the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, the Work Plan of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) phase III and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025.
Australia is currently ASEAN's 7th largest trade partner while ASEAN is Australia's third largest trade partner.
ASEAN is preparing for negotiations to upgrade the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), thus bringing more practical benefits to the business community and stakeholders.