25th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council Meeting

The need to re-imagine, and re-engineer, how ASEAN, and its institution work, at the most fundamental level by renewing past commitments, strengthening cross- sectoral and cross-pillar coordination, in parallel with COVID-19 recovery and post-2025 vision efforts; while strengthening ASEAN's centrality through ASEAN-led mechanisms. This will ensure that the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, ASCC Council to be future-ready and forward-looking. The matter was highlighted by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports while chairing the 25th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, ASCC Council Meeting via video conference. Yang Berhormat Dato urged ASCC should keep building on its coordinated responses as it moves out of the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, while keeping in step with community-building efforts. Thus, said the Minister, Brunei Darussalam's ASEAN 2021 Chairmanship's theme of "We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper", underscored ASEAN's collective pursuit to improve the well-being and livelihood of its people, alongside ensuring that the whole of ASEAN Community and its partners.

In support of the ASCC 2021 priorities and deliverables, the Meeting agreed on the submission of the draft Regional Policy Framework of Fostering Greater Understanding, Tolerance and a Sense of Regional Agendas among the Peoples of ASEAN, for adoption at the 38th ASEAN Summit, the prioritization of a transformative Social Protection and the ASCC Council's role should be expanded. The Meeting agreed to forge ahead to better organise regional efforts and guide ASEAN as it progresses with its Community building efforts, in tandem with the ASEAN Political-Security Community Pillar and ASEAN Economic Community Pillar. Also present was His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Secretary General.

Source: Radio Television Brunei