Areas of Cooperation


At the 11th APT Summit in 2007 in Singapore, the 2nd Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation called “Building on the Foundations of ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation‟ was adopted. The Statement reaffirmed that the APT process would remain as a main vehicle towards the long-term goal of building an East Asian community, with ASEAN as the driving force. The APT Cooperation Work Plan (2007- 2017) was accordingly endorsed to serve as the master plan to enhance APT cooperation for a period of ten years, which was then revised with the APT Work Plan (2013-2017). At the 20th APT Commemorative Summit in November 2017 in Manila, the APT Leaders issued the Manila Declaration on the 20th Anniversary of APT Cooperation and welcomed the succeeding Work Plan for APT cooperation for the period 2018-2022. Subsequently, the next Work Plan for the period 2023 – 2027 was adopted on 4 August 2022 in Phnom Penh at the 23rd APT Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Since its establishment, the APT framework has become an important element for fostering East Asian regionalism. The APT cooperation has broadened and deepened to cover a wide range of areas of political and security; transnational crime; trade and investment; finance; tourism; agriculture and forestry; energy; minerals; micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; science, technology and innovation; environment; rural development and poverty alleviation; social welfare; active ageing; youth; women; civil service; labour; culture and arts; information and media; education; disaster management; public health; and connectivity. The APT process has also developed into a full-fledged cooperation framework with 60 mechanisms coordinating APT cooperation.


APT Mechanisms Matrix

AreaSummit LevelMinisterial-levelCPR LevelSOM LevelDirector General levelWorking/Expert GroupOther Tracks
Transnational Crime and Illicit Drugs

Summit Level

AMMTC+3

SOMTC+3

DGICM+3

ASOD+3

Political Security

APT FMM

CPR+3

APT SOM

CPRWG

Minerals

Summit Level

ASOMM+3

Economic Relation

AEM+3

SEOM Plus Three

Finance Integration

AFMGM+3

AFCDM+3

TF+3

CMIM Taskforce

AMRO Working Committee

DRF

RFA Future Direction

Working Group of ASEAN+3 Future Initiatives

Tourism

M-ATM+3

ASEAN NTOs+3

Food, Agriculture, and Forestry

AMAF+3

SOM AMAF+3

APTERR Council

Directors-General of Agricultural Statistics and Information in ASEAN Plus Three Countries

Energy

AMEM+3

SOME+3 EPGG

SOME+3

Science, Technology and Innovation

Summit Level

COSTI+3

ACGS BOD

Labour

ALMM+3

SLOM+3

Gender

ACW+3

Rural Development and Poverty Eradication

SOMRDPE+3

Health

AHMM+3

SOMHD Plus Three

ASEAN+3 FETN

UHC

Education

APT EMM

SOM-ED+3

APTWG

Environment

AMME+3 (EMM)

APT SOME

Information and Media

AMRI+3

SOMRI+3

Culture and Arts

AMCA+3

SOMCA+3

APTCCN

Civil Service

ACCSM+3

ACCSM+3 SOM

Youth

AMMY+3

SOMY+3

Social Welfare and Development

AMMSWD+3

SOMSWD+3

Other Tracks

Summit Level

EAF

NEAT AC

NEAT CCM