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Cooperation of the Republic of Belarus with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Sergei Martynov met with Mr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN during the official visit to the Republic of Indonesia on June 12, 2012. Taking into consideration the outcomes of the meeting the President of the Republic of Belarus took the decision to accredit the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Indonesia as the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to ASEAN (Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus of September 10, 2013 No. 420). The Ambassador Vladimir Lopato-Zagorsky presented credentials to the Secretary General of ASEAN Mr. Le Luong Minh on October 25, 2013.

At the ceremony of the presentation of credentials prospects of the development of cooperation between Belarus and ASEAN in the spheres of food security, agriculture, disaster relief and education were discussed.

On May 13, 2015 the Ambassador of Belarus to Indonesia and to ASEAN Vladimir Lopato-Zagorsky met with the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community Dr. Lim Hong Hin.

On May 22–26, 2016 the delegation of Belarus Special Training Centre (STC) and the representatives of the Embassy of Belarus in Indonesia took part in the 16th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) in Jakarta.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus obtained observer status in the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on September 23, 2011 at the 32nd session of the General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (September 18–24, 2011, Phnom Penh, Cambodia). The National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus annually participates in the ASEAN IPA events using observer status for strengthening contacts with the countries of Southeast Asia.

The Belarusian delegation headed by Mr. Victor Guminsky, Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus participated in the 33rd session of the General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on September 16–22, 2012, Lombok, Indonesia.

The Belarusian delegations headed by Mr. Vitaly Busko, Deputy Chairman of the Standing Commission of the House of Representatives on Foreign Affairs participated in the 34th session of the IPA General Assembly in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei on September 17–23, 2013, in the 35th session in Vientiane, Laos on September 14–19, 2014 and in the 36th session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 6–12, 2015.

A delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of the 5th convocation for contacts with the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly was established in February 2013. The similar delegation of the National Assembly of the 6th convocation was established in February 2017.

In 2016 the total trade turnover between the Republic of Belarus and ASEAN member states was 640.1 million US Dollars (698.5 million USD in 2015, 851.7 million USD in 2014). Belarus export amounted to 453.3 million in 2016, import – 186.7 million, resulting in 266.6 million US Dollars trade surplus.