SEAFDEC Secretary-General Dr. Kom Silapajarn paid courtesy visit to the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia on 25 April 2016. During his meeting with the Director of Sectoral Development Directorate, Mr. Tran Dong Phuong and other officials of the ASEAN Secretariat, Dr. Kom reiterated the long relationship between ASEAN and SEAFDEC since the establishment of the Fisheries Consultative Group (FCG) Mechanism in 1999, followed by the formalization of cooperation through signing of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (ASSP) in 2007. In the discussion that ensued, Dr. Kom and Mr. Phoung expressed the intention to strengthen the collaboration of both organizations for the benefit of their members. In particular, the planned the High-level Consultation on Regional Cooperation in Sustainable Fisheries Development Towards the ASEAN Economic Community scheduled on 3 August 2016 was discussed, and it was agreed that the draft Joint Declaration to be adopted during the High-level Consultation would be tabled for discussion at the ASWGFi before circulating this to the member countries for approval by ad referendum and subsequent adoption at the High-level Consultation.
Afterwards, Dr. Kom accompanied by SEAFDEC/AQD Chief Dr. Felix Ayson and officials of SEAFDEC Secretariat and AQD visited SEAFDEC/IFRDMD in Palembang, Indonesia on 26 April 2016. The team met with Acting IFRDMD Chief Dr. Satoshi Honda and Dr. Achmahd Poernomo Advisor for Public Policy to Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia. Discussion was briefly made on the operational matters of IFRDMD as well as issues related to catadromous eels, which would be subsequently discussed at the 1st Workshop on Enhancement of Sustainability of Catadromous Eel Resources in Southeast Asia organized by IFRDMD on 27-29 April 2016 also in Palembang.