15 November 2020
Brunei Darussalam: ASEAN Chairmanship 2021

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 joined the Closing Ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits and Handing Over of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Brunei Darussalam, held virtually via video conference from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman.

At the Ceremony, His Excellency Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam as ASEAN Chairman for 2020 handed over the ASEAN Chairmanship to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. Brunei Darussalam will be the Chair of ASEAN for 2021.

The theme for Brunei Darussalam’s Chairmanship will be “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”. His Majesty in his titah stated that these will represent three fundamental areas to strengthen ASEAN’s solidarity and reinforce ASEAN Centrality.
His Majesty stated that as Chair in 2021, Brunei Darussalam will promote three fundamental areas, inspired by ASEAN’s long history of development.

First, caring for our people and each other’s well-being. Second, preparing for future opportunities and challenges. Third, prospering together as a unified region.

Moreover, it will accelerate efforts to recover from the pandemic and realise our ambitions of an inclusive ASEAN Community. To this end, the support and contributions of our Dialogue Partners are important to help shape the regional outlook and ASEAN’s post-2025 Vision.

At the end of the ceremony, the ASEAN leaders also witnessed a video presentation by Brunei Darussalam, revealing the theme and aspirations of Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN Chairman in 2021.