31 January 2018 | Jakarta, Indonesia
On 31st January 2018, EU Ambassador to ASEAN Francisco Fontan hosted a lunch with Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi and EU Heads of mission (HoMs) on the occasion of the visit of David Daly, Head of the South-East Asia Division (EEAS), and Henriette Geiger, Head of Unit of East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific (DEVCO). The HoMs luncheon provided a good opportunity to discuss ASEAN priorities. Participants touched upon a broad range of issues on trade, connectivity, regional developments, capacity building, and humanitarian affairs. Secretary General Lim explained that he would focus on a number of key areas including economic integration, trade, connectivity, employment, and social-cultural cooperation. He also emphasised the importance of ASEAN in maintaining peace and prosperity in the region. Secretary General Lim expressed satisfaction with the current state of ASEAN-EU relations, and thanked the EU for its contribution to capacity for ASEAN including at the ASEAN Secretariat.