Challenges Faced By ASEAN

Before the Council heard the deliberations on the budget allocation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, yesterday morning, the Council approved the allocation for the Prime Minister's Office and made it as part of the Supply Bill 2021/2022 Schedule.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof in deliberations on the budget proposal for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also shared that apart from continuing efforts to enhance relations with friendly nations, regionally and internationally, the ministry will also focus on the country's role as the Chair of ASEAN 2021. According to the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs, the world is currently experiencing changes since the country chaired ASEAN in 2013.

Yang Berhormat the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs said ASEAN has never faced the challenges caused by COVID-19. The pandemic's impact on the region and internationally is widespread not only from the aspect of public health but its has clearly deeply impacted the socio-economy of regional and international countries. It also showed weaknesses in the ASEAN Community system across the three ASEAN pillars which are Community Political Security, Community Economic, and Community Social Cultural as well as ASEAN Sectoral. Therefore, at the ASEAN Summit held at the end of last year, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his titah declared the theme of the ASEAN Chair as 'We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper'.

Source: Radio Television Brunei