The development and publication of the ASEAN Development Outlook, ADO is timely especially in the unprecedented year of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also added value to the implementation of the duties of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, ASCC towards inclusive, resilient and sustainable ASEAN development. The Minister of Culture Youth and Sports as the Chair of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council stated that during the launching of the ASEAN Development Outlook ADO and 16th Coordinating Conference on ASCC and the first ASCC Partnership Conference. Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, also stressed that apart from welcoming the comprehensive assessment of the current situation, challenges, opportunities and lessons learned, it also served as an excellent source of strategic, yet practical policy recommendations for ASEAN and respective member states.
The Minister of Culture Youth and Sports also stressed that the publication will also support the work of the ASCC's sectoral bodies as ASEAN progress towards the realization of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Earlier the ASEAN Secretariat launched the inaugural ASEAN Development Outlook ADO, a regional publication to chart progress towards sustainable human development in the ASEAN region and to identify key challenges with examples of best practices for the future. The launching held via video conference was also attended by His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN and His Excellency Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China.
In the morning, the Senior Officials Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council SOCA Leaders attended the 16th Coordinating Conference on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community SOC-COM. The meeting was co-chaired by His Excellency Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASCC and Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari, Permanent Secretary for Community and Culture at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, as Brunei Darussalam's SOCA Leader and Chair of SOCA, via video conference. With the theme "Towards Post-COVID Recovery and Resilience in ASEAN", the Conference, among others, discussed the findings and recommendations of the report of the Mid-Term Review of the ASCC Blueprint 2025 as well as the development of the ASEAN Community Post-2025 Vision which form part of Brunei Darussalam's priorities as ASEAN Chair for 2021. The Conference also deliberated on necessary operational resources to promote Post-COVID Recovery and Resilience in ASEAN.
Later in the afternoon, the SOCA leaders attended the 1st ASCC Partnership Conference chaired by His Excellency Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for the ASCC via video conference. During the conference, in tandem with the 16th SOC-COM discussions on key priorities towards Post-COVID recovery and resilience in ASEAN, participants exchanged views on the way forward following the adoption of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework and its Implementation Plan by ASEAN Leaders last year.
Source: Radio Television Brunei