The ASEAN Agriculture and Forestry Ministers and the Ministers of the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea held their first meeting in Medan, North Sumatera on 5 October 2001. The Meeting was held pursuant to the mandate of the Leaders of ASEAN Plus Three at their Summit on 28 November 1999 in Manila. AMAF+3 was held with the aim of promoting and enhancing cooperation in the region and of exchanging views on the many serious challenges facing agriculture, fisheries, and forestry in the international agenda.