14th East Asia Summit

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, this afternoon attended the 14th East Asia Summit, EAS. During the Summit, His Majesty delivered a titah, in which His Majesty described the EAS as having become an important forum for constructive dialogue and multilateral cooperation since its establishment in 2005. Against a rapidly changing landscape, it is important that the EAS remains relevant and effective in addressing common challenges. One such challenge is in addressing the disruptions and also gaining the benefits from changes brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Monarch said the rise of digital economy and the increase of e-commerce is transforming the speed and volume of global trade. But the Internet is lagging behind, especially in areas of policies, finance and infrastructure. The EAS countries have therefore been called upon to intensify their work together in such areas to ensure that all their peoples can benefit from it. This includes enhanced training and capacity-building in order to establish the much-needed policies, and to develop a digital-ready and skilled workforce in the region.

Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. The summit took place at IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Trade Centre, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Summit began with an Opening Statement from His Excellency Retired General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand and Chairman of ASEAN.

Also required is the ability to empower and assist the private sectors so they could fully utilise ICTs and participate fully in the digital economy. His Majesty further said the rapid advancements in technology have also changed the way people interact and socialise, bringing about new and emerging challenges such as the rise of misinformation and the manipulation of social media.

In this regard, the EAS countries welcomed initiatives that would promote greater awareness and the responsible use of multimedia. Such initiatives would allow them to learn from each other's experiences and to foster tolerant and responsible societies that are geared towards ensuring the social and economic stability of the East Asia region.

Source: Radio Television Brunei