Delivering in the Asia Pacific Region
Renewing our commitment to delivering in the Asia Pacific Region to 2025
On 24 October 2023, the Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Defence Micheál Martin launched Ireland’s updated strategy “Global Ireland: Renewing our commitment to delivering in the Asia Pacific Region to 2025”
In his keynote address at the Global Ireland Summit, the Tánaiste said: “This region includes important global actors who are essential to addressing shared challenges including climate change, peace and security. It also drives two thirds of global economic growth”.
Representing half of the world’s population, Asia Pacific countries are at the forefront of innovation and design. The integrated, Team Ireland approach central to this Strategy has been an important driver in delivering and exceeding Ireland’s target of €100 billion in two-way trade with the region, two years ahead of the planned date of 2025.
Reflecting progress made to date, as well as global challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, the 2020 Strategy has been updated to ensure that Ireland’s commitment to delivering in the Asia Pacific region continues to be guided by our core principles, interests and values. The Strategy renews Ireland’s ambition and commitment to deepening ties across this dynamic region. It sets out a refreshed, updated set of actions and objectives to be implemented across Government.
The Asia-Europe Meeting
The Asia-Europe Meeting, known as ASEM, is an intergovernmental process established in 1996 that fosters dialogue between Asia and Europe. It was established in 1996 and is comprised of 53 partners: 30 European and 21 Asian nations, the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat.
ASEM utilises an informal process of dialogue and cooperation to address political, economic, financial, social, cultural and educational issues of common interest in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership.
The ASEM summit, which is held on a biennial basis sees a meeting between the ASEM Heads of State and Government, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Secretary-General of ASEAN.
At the most recent ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting in Madrid in 2019, then-Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. engaged with peers from across Asia and Europe, holding meetings with counterparts from Kazakhstan, Thailand, Mongolia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan and Bangladesh.
These meetings were an important opportunity to discuss areas of mutual interest and promote Ireland’s candidacy for the UN Security Council.
For more information on ASEM visit ASEM Infoboard, which contains information on ASEM’s working practices and the pillars underpinning its work.
The Asia-Europe Foundation
The Asia-Europe Foundation, often referred to as ASEF, was created by the members of ASEM to strengthen Asia-Europe ties, create shared experiences for learning and dialogue, enhance mutual understanding between Europe and Asia, and explore opportunities for cooperation between Asia and Europe.
Since ASEF’s founding in 1997, it has brought together over 20,000 people from Asia and Europe and overseen more than 700 projects focused on culture, economy, education, governance, public health and sustainable development.
ASEF runs more than 25 projects a year, consisting of around 100 activities, mainly conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures, publications, and online platforms, together partner organisations.
Each year over 3,000 Asians and Europeans participate in ASEF's activities, and much wider audiences are reached through its various events, networks and web-portals.