38th ASEAN Summit

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday morning Chaired the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits which carry the theme "We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper", held virtually via video conference from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman. The Summits were also attended by other ASEAN Leaders. At the 38th ASEAN Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, as ASEAN Chairman for 2021 in a titah says ASEAN is making efforts to ensure youths will inherit a region that can progress and develop in a sustainable way. In this regard, His Majesty expresses the belief that the circular economy model that ASEAN has developed will enhance efficiency and lay the foundations for green recovery.

Furthermore, His Majesty welcomes ASEAN's work to protect vulnerable groups through the ASEAN Comprehensive Framework on Care Economy to ensure the recovery is also inclusive. His Majesty in the titah states that these initiatives will help strengthen ASEAN's preparedness and safeguard peoples' welfare and development and enable sustainable prosperity for all. ASEAN, His Majesty adds, has made good progress in advancing ASEAN Community-building efforts while at the same time, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also emphasised that ASEAN's unity and collective efforts are vital for the region's future in a rapidly changing world. His Majesty informs that this year, Brunei Darussalam has emphasised the importance of caring for the people and preparing them for the future.

At the beginning of the summit, the Leaders were presented with a progress report by His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Secretary-General which included the ASEAN's recovery efforts in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through the prioritisation of vaccine security and successful implementation of recovery frameworks, as well as the need to operationalise interconnectivity and digitalisation to spearhead regional recovery. Aside from that, the ASEAN Leaders also commended ASEAN's collective efforts in the successful development of the ASEAN Post-2025 Community Vision and urged for the continued cooperation with external partners in promoting ASEAN's regional frameworks. In preparing for future public health emergencies, Leaders emphasised the importance of affordable, accessible and equitable distribution of vaccines as well as medical, technical and financial support across the region. ASEAN should also leverage on opportunities to develop its digital sector to accelerate economic regional recovery.

Source: Radio Television Brunei