In 2016, four NEAT working groups were organized. The following areas were discussed:
- Crisis Management in the ASEAN + 3 countries; Migration: In Search for Proper Management
- The Road towards the East Asia Economic Community (EAEC) 2020
- Enhancement of Regional Health in East Asia with Special Reference to the Public Health and Universal Health Coverage
- Institutional Sustainability of NEAT: Towards the East Asian Community
Studies on these topics were undertaken and policy recommendations were formulated.