24th ASEAN Plus Three Summit

At the 24th ASEAN-Plus Three Summit, His Majesty in a titah reiterates that the continued relevance of the ASEAN Plus Three mechanism as the engine of growth for the development of the East Asian region, and the success of the ASEAN Plus Three is due to close cooperation and the ability to come together in times of crisis. This has been further demonstrated by the swift response to the COVID-19 outbreak and collective efforts towards regional recovery. His Majesty raises a few points during the Summit. His Majesty firstly highlights the importance of ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are sufficiently produced and distributed to all those in need, given the emergence of COVID-19 variants in the ASEAN region.

His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea as Country Coordinator for the Plus Three countries in his remarks supported inclusive recovery of APT through the equitable and timely distribution of vaccines, coordination of relevant mechanisms, as well as the alignment of strategies under the New Southern Policy Plus and the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework. The Republic of Korea affirmed its commitment to scale up overseas development aid in areas of climate change, healthcare and digital economy. His Excellency hoped for the APT Work Plan for 2023 – 2027 will incorporate ways to promote inclusive growth to build back better.

This was followed by a statement from His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, in which he noted with appreciation on APT's firm resolve to work together and progress of joint efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. China expressed its support for the supply of vaccines and anti- COVID materials to prevent the shortage of supplies as well as green lanes. His Excellency hoped to further increase the stability of supply chains in the region through regular COVID-19 containment measures.

Meanwhile, His Excellency Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan encouraged for further medical support amongst the APT towards achieving universal health coverage, as well as the necessity of economic revitalisation through expanded investments in quality infrastructure and the diversification of supply chains. His Excellency also highlighted that the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific shares common fundamental principles with the Free and Open Indo-Pacific, which are important for regional peace, stability and security.

Source: Radio Television Brunei