30th SOCA Meeting

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic taught ASEAN to always be ready. Thus, prioritization is the key, focusing on ASEAN’s cohesive journey to resilience, and ensuring the well-being of ASEAN’s people taken care of, to build one ASEAN community. The Permanent Secretary for Community and Culture at Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports highlighted the matter while chairing the 30th Meeting of the Senior Officials Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community via a video conference yesterday.

Dayang Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari also called on the SOCA Leaders and the ASEAN Secretariat to look into ways to consolidate and strengthen ASEAN’s efforts, including renewing those committed to in the past and reinforcing them through stronger cross-pillar, cross-sectoral collaboration. In turn, to assure ASEAN’s partners that ASEAN is an organization that is sustainable and resilient. The Meeting supported Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN 2021 Chairmanship, guided by the theme “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”, and agreed to work closely, together with the ASCC Sectoral Bodies, to deliver ASEAN’s collective commitment to care for its people and prepare for further challenges and opportunities, with the goal of ensuring that the whole ASEAN Community can sustainably prosper. The 30th SOCA was held as a preparation for the 25th ASCC Council Meeting to be held tomorrow, the 31st of March 2021. The meeting was attended by His Excellency Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, ASCC and SOCA Leaders, as well as their respective delegations.

Source: Radio Television Brunei