The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) of Australia and the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea (hereinafter referred to as
"the Sides") share a common interest in advancing development and stability in the world,
and particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The Sides are committed to promoting
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and improving aid effectiveness.
In the Joint Statement on Enhanced Global and Security Cooperation adopted by Australia
and the Republic of Korea on 5 March 2009, Australia and the Republic of Korea committed
to enhanced cooperation on development and humanitarian assistance.
Towards these efforts, the Sides:
- Welcome opportunities to use their collective reach and influence to contribute to
global development challenges;
- Underscore their shared interest in a prosperous and stable Asia-Pacific region; and
- Are guided by the principles of aid effectiveness outlined in the Paris Declaration
(2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action (2008).
The partnership on development cooperation between the two Sides will be guided by the
- Mutual respect for the contribution from each country, and recognition that each has
different skills, attributes and strengths;
- Recognition of the comparative advantage each partner brings to the planning and
delivery of development assistance;
- Acknowledgement of the need for practical and effective collaborative efforts to
promote efficiency and effectiveness in aid delivery; and
- Inclusivity, including collaboration with other key bilateral and multilateral
development partners where appropriate.
Priority Areas & Cooperation Process
The Sides seek to use this MOU to enhance coordination related to their respective
development assistance programs and their engagement in relevant multilateral issues and
organisations. Collaboration will be driven by:
- High-level government discussions to review cooperation and mutually decide upon
action needed to strengthen engagement;
- Development dialogues between senior officials from Australia and Korea with a
view to mutually exploring specific areas of collaboration under the Partnership and
review progress. Australian and Korean government departments and agencies active
in international development will contribute to these dialogues, with the Australian
Agency for International Development (AusAID) coordinating for Australia and the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) coordinating for the Republic of
Korea. These meetings will be held at least annually and will contribute to progress
under the Action Plan for Enhanced Global and Security Cooperation between
Australia and the Republic of Korea.
- Jointly profiling Asia-Pacific issues in international fora such as the OECD's
Development Assistance Committee, the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and
the Multilateral Organisations Performance Assessment Network.
- Ongoing practical engagement in mutually recognised priority areas, with a particular
focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
- Dialogue on cooperation with other key donor countries, where appropriate, including
Particular areas of focus include:
- Supporting progress towards the Millennium Development Goals;
- Promoting aid effectiveness including donor harmonisation at a regional and
- Coordinating engagement on humanitarian assistance;
- Contributing to capacity building on disaster preparedness and sustainable
development through country-level cooperation;
- Promoting an effective, efficient and representative multilateral system.
SIGNED in duplicate at ………………on the ……..…day of …………..2009.
Hon. Stephen Smith MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
H E Yu Myung-hwan
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Republic of Korea