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Plan of action BIMP-EAGA and Northern Territory 2016 – 2020
Seven priorities areas of cooperation:
1. Trade and Investment;
3. Social, Cultural, Arts and Sports;
6. Agriculture; and
Senior officials explored proposals in five of these seven areas
Priority 1: Trade and Investment
1. Preliminary Scoping for a Supply Chain study between BIMPEAGA and the Northern Territory
- To benchmark current goods and their supply channels between Australia and BIMP-EAGA
- To identify potential regional supply chain opportunities to promote inclusive growth between BIMP-EAGA and NT
- To engage private sector in the study
- Agreed for the full study report to be presented at the next BIMP and NT Ministerial Meeting
2. Participation of NT at:
- 2016 Sabah International Expo – Hub of the Far East
Priority 2: Connectivity and Priority 5: Tourism
1. Promoting greater cruise tourism between BIMP-EAGA and NT:
- Aims to develop new profitable/affordable cruise package routes between NT and BIMP-EAGA Region; and to enhance the existing cruise package routes between Australia and BIMP
- Exchange information between government and industry players from the BIMP-EAGA and NT, with a view to convening a roundtable dialogue
- Consider options for the joint promotion and marketing of potential itineraries in the region to cruise operators.
Priority 5: Tourism
1. Sharing of Best Practices and Building Capacity On National Parks Management and World Heritage Sites:
- Aims to enhance knowledge of best practices and management for National Parks and World Heritage Sites through sharing of information between BIMP-EAGA and NT officials.
- Agree to share best practices and investigate the development of capacity building programs especially for park guide staff on National Parks Management and World Heritage Sites
- Agree to consider conducting joint promotion and marketing on eco-tourism products.
Priority 4: Education
1. BIMP-EAGA invites NT participation at the 1st BIMP-EAGA Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Forum on 30 – 31 May 2016:
- will provide a venue to share best practices on TVET development, identify potential areas of collaboration as well as to establish and strengthen networks among the participants.
2. Agree to explore TVET ‘Training the Trainer’ programs for oil and gas, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture with Charles Darwin University and other NT-based providers
Priority 6: Agriculture
Cooperation for the development of the BIMP-EAGA cattle industry
- agree to explore collaboration with NT for the development of the BIMP-EAGA cattle industry through capacity building programs
- agree to pursue this initiative in close coordination with relevant agencies in BIMP‑EAGA, NT and national organisations in Australia
Capacity Building: Internships
NT Government offered to host government interns from BIMP regions building on successful recent experience with Brunei.
BIMP-EAGA agreed to explore interest in the opportunity including internships with industry experience components, under the framework of the BIMP-EAGA and NT Plan of Action
As of 27 April 2016
JOINT STATEMENT 4thDarwin Dialogue (BIMP-EAGA and Northern Territory) 27 April 2016 Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
1. The Fourth Darwin Dialogue (BIMP-EAGA and Northern Territory) was held on 27 April 2016 in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. The dialogue was co-chaired by The Hon. Peter Styles, Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade of Northern Territory (NT) and The Hon. Dato Razali Ibrahim, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia.
2. We are pleased with the efforts by our officials to identify specific initiatives under the Plan of Action for BIMP-EAGA and Northern Territory Cooperation 2016 – 2020, which identified seven priorities areas of cooperation namely Social, Cultural, Arts and Sports; Education; Trade and Investment; Tourism; Agriculture; Connectivity; and Health.
3. We welcome the preparation of a Preliminary Scoping Report for a Supply Chain Study between BIMP-EAGA and the NT Government of Australia, which aims to benchmark current goods and their supply channels from BIMP-EAGA into and out of Australia, including SMEs, and identify potential regional and global supply chain opportunities to promote inclusive growth between BIMP-EAGA and NT. We look forward to hearing the outcomes of the study by the next Ministerial Meeting.
4. We agree to strengthen the engagement between BIMP-EAGA and NT higher education institutions, staff and students through the establishment of the University Networks. Ministers welcome the launch of the NT-Indonesia Alumni Network and look to it as a model for respective bilateral arrangements. 5. We look forward to participation of the NT at the 1st BIMP-EAGA Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Forum on 30 – 31 May 2016 in Davao City, Philippines. The forum will provide a venue to share best practices on TVET development, identify potential areas of collaboration as well as to establish and strengthen networks among the participants. We also agree to explore TVET ‘Training the Trainer’ programs for oil and gas, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture with Charles Darwin University and other NT-based providers.
As of 27 April 2016
6. We agree to explore the BIMP-EAGA Internship Program to NT as this program will provide opportunity for professional development and to identify BIMP-EAGA/NT programs and projects for the future.
7. We agree to share best practices and investigate the development of capacity building programs on National Parks Management and World Heritage Sites, and to consider options for joint promotion and marketing on eco-tourism products.
8. We agree to explore cruise shipping within BIMP-EAGA and Australia and to consider options for the joint promotion and marketing of potential itineraries in the region to cruise operators.
9. We agree to explore collaboration with NT for the development of the BIMP-EAGA cattle industry through capacity building programs and agreed to pursue this initiative in close coordination with relevant agencies in BIMP-EAGA, NT and Australian national-level bodies.
10. We welcome the conduct of the Regional Australia-Asia Chambers Forum and the Territory Expo on 29 – 30 April 2016. The event will promote business networking among the private sector and serve as a platform to address business issues that are directly related to the Australia-Asia region.
11. BIMP-EAGA Ministers look forward to the participation of the NT Government and the private sector in the Sabah International Expo 2016 – Hub For the Far East on 15 – 18 September 2016 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and the 3rd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Conference on 14 – 16 October 2016 in Makassar, Indonesia.
12. We express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Northern Territory Government of Australia for the warm hospitality and the excellent meeting arrangements.
List of Heads of Delegation
1. The Hon. Peter Donald Styles, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Asian Engagement and Trade, Northern Territory, Australia
2. H.E. Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam
3. The Hon. Mohammed Rudy Salahuddin, Deputy Minister for Creative Economy, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs competitiveness, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Indonesia
4. The Hon. Dato’ Razali Haji Ibrahim, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia
5. The Hon. Prudencio M. Reyes Jr, Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines