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December 18, 2023
Photo session before the meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
AZEC Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On the 18th of December, 2023, Prime Minister Kishida convened the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) Leaders Meeting, on the occasion of the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The summary of the meeting is a follows.

  1. Prime Minister Kishida affirmed the importance of achieving a common goal of “net-zero emissions through various pathways” and of a triple breakthrough of simultaneously achieving “decarbonization, economic growth, and energy security”. Furthermore, he touched on Japan’s actions towards developing and introducing next-generation GX (Green Transformation) technologies, and expressed his willingness to share Japan’s technologies and experiences through the AZEC platform. Concretely, he proposed actions such as policy coordination through the “Asia Zero Emission Center” to be set up in ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia), establishment of green supply chains through cooperation projects including development of zero emission industrial parks, collaboration among business entities by the “AZEC Advocacy Group”, and promotion of transition finance. Leaders of AZEC partner countries (Note) expressed broad support to the concept of AZEC as well as high expectations for AZEC activities.
  2. In addition, progress on AZEC cooperation activities was reported, and the AZEC Leaders’ Joint Statement (PDF)Open a New Window that indicates AZEC principles as well as direction of cooperation was adopted. Finally, looking ahead to the next 50 years, Prime Minister Kishida emphasized that together with AZEC partner countries, Japan will continue to contribute to achieving decarbonization in Asia and global sustainable growth through activities under the AZEC platform.
  3. Following the AZEC Leaders Meeting, a commemorative photo session on the release of a joint statement regarding support for the AZEC platform and the launch of the “AZEC Advocacy Group” took place between Keidanren, ASEAN Business Advisory Council and ERIA.

(Note) AZEC partner countries (in alphabetical order):
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam.

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