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ADMM-Plus Chair

About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-Plus)

As stipulated in the Concept Paper on the ADMM-Plus: Modalities and Procedures adopted by the Fourth ADMM, Ha Noi, 11 May 2010, the Chairmanship of the ADMM-Plus shall follow the Chairmanship of the ADMM.  

The current Chairman of the ADMM-Plus and the ADSOM-Plus are as follows:

Chairman of the ADMM-Plus:
LTG Wai Lwin
Union Minister
Ministry of Defence, Myanmar

Chairman of the ADSOM-Plus:
Col. Nyein Chan
Director-General of International and Internal Affairs
Ministry of Defence, Myanmar

ADMM-Plus contact point:
Mr Kyaw Thu
Principal Officer, Office of the Union Minister
Ministry of Defence, Myanmar
Fax: +95 67 404443
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ADMM-Plus Countries (Participants)

About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-Plus)

The Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus: Principles for Membership, adopted at the Third ADMM, Pattaya, 25-27 February 2009 stipulated the principles for membership to the ADMM-Plus process, as follows:

  • The Plus country shall be a full-fledged Dialogue Partner of ASEAN;
  • The Plus country shall have significant interactions and relations with ASEAN defence establishment; and
  • The Plus country shall be able to work with the ADMM to build capacity so as to enhance regional security in a substantive way in order to promote capacity-building in the region in the fields of defence and security.
  • The ADMM-Plus countries include ten ASEAN Member States, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, and eight Plus countries, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, ROK, Russian Federation and the United States.

ADMM-Plus Objectives

About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-Plus)

The objectives of the ADMM-Plus, as outlined in the ADMM-Plus Concept Paper, adopted by the Second ADMM, Singapore, 13-15 November 2007, are as follows:

  • To benefit ASEAN member countries in building capacity to address shared security challenges, while cognisant of the differing capacities of various ASEAN countries;
  • To promote mutual trust and confidence between defence establishments through greater dialogue and transparency;
  • To enhance regional peace and stability through cooperation in defence and security, in view of the transnational security challenges the region faces;
  • To contribute to the realisation of an ASEAN Security Community which, as stipulated in the Bali Concord II, embodies ASEAN’s aspiration to achieve peace, stability, democracy and prosperity in the region where ASEAN member countries live at peace with one another and with the world at large;
  • To facilitate the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme, which calls for ASEAN to build a peaceful, secure and prosperous ASEAN, and to adopt greater outward-looking external relation strategies with our friends and Dialogue Partners.

ADMM-Plus Achievements

About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-Plus)

In meeting the mandates of the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Groups (EWGs) to enhance practical cooperation, the ADMM-Plus EWG on Military Medicine and Maritime Security conducted a Table-Top Exercise in July and September 2012 respectively.

The year 2013 set a historical milestone in the ADMM-Plus cooperation when for the first time the military of ASEAN and the Plus countries joined together to conduct practical exercises in the areas of HADR, military medicine, counter-terrorism and maritime security. The ADMM-Plus HADR/Military Medicine Exercise was held in Brunei Darussalam from 17-20 June 2013, followed by the ADMM-Plus Counterterrorism Exercise (CTX) in Sentul, Indonesia from 9-13 September 2013, and the ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise, in Sydney, Australia, from 28 September-1 October2013. In 2014, a Table-Top Exercise under the framework of the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations was held in Manila, Philippines from 11-14 February.

ADMM-Plus Establishment

About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-Plus)

Consistent with the ADMM guiding principles of open and outward looking, the 2nd ADMM in Singapore in 2007 adopted the Concept Paper to establish the ADMM-Plus. The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN and its eight Dialogue Partners to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region.

In preparing for the establishment of an ADMM-Plus, the Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus Principles for Membership was adopted by the 3rd ADMM in Pattaya in 2009; followed by the Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus: Configuration and Composition and the Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus: Modalities and Procedures, which were adopted by the 4th ADMM in Ha Noi in 2010.

The Inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 12 October 2010.

At the Inaugural ADMM-Plus, the Defence Ministers agreed on five areas of practical cooperation to pursue under this new mechanism, namely maritime security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping operations and military medicine. To facilitate cooperation on these areas, five Experts' Working Groups (EWGs) are established. Practical cooperation is now moving apace on the five priority areas.

The 2nd ADMM-Plus was convened in Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, on 29 August 2013.

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