G20 Summit

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday morning attended the Welcoming Ceremony; and the First Session of the G20 Summit which were held at the La Nuvola Conference Centre, The Cloud.

Upon arrival at the Convention Centre, His Majesty was officially welcomed by His Excellency Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy as Chair of the G20 Summit 2021. The theme for the G20 Presidency this year is "People, Planet, Prosperity", and the First Session of the G20 Summit focused on Global Economy and Global Health. Commencing with an Opening Statement from the Italian Prime Minister, the First Session was also attended by Leaders from G20 member countries, guests of the Italian Presidency, as well as international organizations.

His Majesty, as 'Guest of the Chair' was invited to deliver a titah where His Majesty recognises the complementarity of ASEAN's and G20's themes which emphasises on addressing people's needs by taking swift collective actions to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused prolonged socio-economic disruptions as governments are forced to impose restrictive measures. COVID-19 has also exposed the fragility of global supply chains which contributed to the weakening of the global economy. As such, His Majesty underlines that timely and universal access to COVID-19 vaccines will allow the re-opening of countries and thus, paving the way for the revitalisation of global trade and recovery from the pandemic.

His Majesty also shares that ASEAN is implementing its Comprehensive Recovery Framework to quicken regional recovery and is looking into digital COVID-19 vaccine certificates to facilitate safe cross-border travel and tourism. Mental health, states His Majesty, should also be given due attention as its impact will be costly to society and economies in the long-term.

In ending the titah, His Majesty stresses that countries cannot tackle these challenges alone and that a strengthened multilateral approach is therefore critical.

Source: Radio Television Brunei