The Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on South South Cooperation and Aid Effectiveness was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (AsDB), on February 4th, 2010. The main purpose of this meeting was to prepare Asian participation on the 2010 Colombia High Level Event on South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development and the 2011 Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.
The Meeting had the participation of thirteen countries, a civil society organization and five multilateral organizations. The Region’s commitment to South-South Cooperation and the aid effectiveness agenda, considering that 26 countries from the region had signed the Paris Declaration and/or the Accra Action Plan, was shown in their strong engagement in collecting and analyzing evidence on what works and what does not work on South-South cooperation. This evidence was a main input for discussion on the Region's priorities to be addressed on coming events such as the Bogotá HLE and HLF-4.
Among the main conclusions of the meeting regarding the TT-SSC we may highlight:
- The leading process that the Region is winning on South-South and capacity development patforms.
- The importance to articulate platforms on South South cooperation with each other and with those of Capacity Development.
- The necessity to make clear that South South cooperation should be a real peer process.
Regarding the evidence shown by the Asian Case Stories, some preliminary key points for enriching the HLE preparatory process were:
- Widening our view on development models and an enabling environment for SSC.
- The importance of investing in partnership quality and in sharing the stakes.
- The need for measuring impact.
A summary report of the event can be consulted. Please click here to check it out.