The ASEAN Coordinating Council was initially called the ‘ASEAN Executive Board’ in early drafts of the ASEAN Charter. It is a body comprised of ASEAN Foreign Ministers from each member state. The Coordinating Council meets twice a year and is primarily focused on preparing the ASEAN Summits.
The ASEAN Coordinating Council is responsible for (ASEAN Charter, Article 8):
- Preparing the meetings of the ASEAN Summit
- Coordinating the implementation of agreements and decisions by the ASEAN Summit
- Coordinating with the ASEAN Community Councils to enhance policy coherence, efficiency and cooperation
- Coordinating the reports of the ASEAN Community Council to the ASEAN Summit
- Considering the annual report of the Secretary General on the work of ASEAN
- Considering the report of the Secretary General on the functions and operations of the ASEAN Secretariat