1st AFCDM+3, 1999

Chairman’s Statement of the First ASEAN + China, Japan, Korea (ASEAN+3) Deputy Finance Ministers and Deputy General Bank Governors Meeting Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 18 March 1999

Ha Noi, Vietnam 18 March 1999

1. At the ASEAN + China, Japan and Korea (ASEAN + 3) Summit held in December 1998 in Hanoi, the Leaders agreed that the ASEAN + 3 deputy finance ministers and deputy central bank governors should meet to discuss financial and macroeconomic matters of concern to the region.

2. Following the Leaders’ decision, the First Meeting of the ASEAN + 3 deputy Finance Ministers and Deputy Central Bank Governors was held on 18 March 1999 in Hanoi. The Meeting exchanged views on the ways to monitor short-term capital flows and on the subject of international financial architecture.

3. The Meeting noted that rapid movement of short-term capital flow is one of the causes of the financial crisis and agreed to work together to monitor the movement of capital flows to prevent future crisis.

4. The Meeting also noted efforts undertaken in various fora on the issue of international financial architecture. The Meeting concluded that there has been a convergence of views on the issue, particularly the need to involve emerging economies in the process.

5. The Meeting agreed that the forum is very important, timely and very useful. They agreed to maintain close cooperation in addressing these issues and present to outcome to the forth-coming ASEAN + 3 Summit scheduled later for this year.

6. The Meeting was chaired by Ms. Le Thi Bang Tam, Vice Minister of Finance of Vietnam and attended by:

Dato Yakub Abu Baltar
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Finance, Brunei Darussalam
Dr. Miranda S. Goeltom
Managing Director, Bank Indonesia
Mr. Yao Phonevantha
Vice Minister of Finance
Dato Dr. Aris Othman
Ministry of Finance
Mr. U Than Lwin
Deputy Governor
Central Bank of Myanmar
Mr. Jeremias N. Paul, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Department of Finance,
Dr. Khor Hoe Ee
Senior Executive Director
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Mr. Kiettisak Meecharoen
Assistant Governor
Bank of Thailand
Mr. Jin Ligun
Vice Minister
Ministry of Finance

Mr. Eisuke Sakakibara
Vice Minister for International Affairs
Ministry of Finance

Mr. Chung Duck-Koo
Vice Minister
Ministry of Finance