Bandar Seri Begawan, Thursday, 28th October 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, this afternoon attended the Press Conference of the 38 th and 39th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits via virtual video conference from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman.

The Closing Ceremony began with a titah by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang DiPertuan of Brunei Darussalam as the ASEAN Chair for 2021, in which His Majesty shared that ASEAN’s discussions on advancing ASEAN Community-building and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic under Brunei Darussalam’s Chairmanship theme of “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper” were reflected in the Chairman’s Statements and outcome documents.

Key outcomes of the Summits outlined initiatives to strengthen the region’s preparedness for future challenges. These included the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on the Strategic and Holistic Initiative to Link ASEAN Responses to Emergencies and Disasters (ASEAN SHIELD), which aims to create a more coordinated and responsive ASEAN.

ASEAN prioritised helping its people by securing vaccines and protecting their well-being through the ASEAN Comprehensive Framework on Care Economy, as the region continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic.

His Majesty highlighted that ASEAN Member States, along with partners in ASEAN Plus Three and the East Asia Summit, are working together to better understand and care for ASEAN people’s mental health in this challenging time.

His Majesty also shared that ASEAN is investing sustainable development for the region by embracing the Circular Economy model and cooperation on the Blue Economy.

In addition, ASEAN’s external relations have also made progress, with agreements to establish Comprehensive Strategic Partnerships with Australia and China, and with the welcoming of the United Kingdom as a new Dialogue Partner of ASEAN, the first in over 25 years, whereby Brunei Darussalam will be the ASEAN Country Coordinator.

ASEAN also celebrated the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia relations, and looked forward to the Special ASEAN-China Summit to celebrate its 30th anniversary in November 2021.

His Majesty expressed pleasure in chairing the first annual ASEAN-Australia Summit, as well as the first ASEAN-U.S. Summit for President Joseph Biden Jr. and the first ASEAN-Japan Summit for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

ASEAN has also strengthened its cooperation with India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, in line with the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

During the ASEAN Plus Three Summit and the East Asia Summit, discussions focused on cooperation to promote economic recovery and public health, as well as addressing longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as mental health issues, and achieving sustainable and green recovery.

His Majesty also emphasised that Myanmar remains an integral part of the ASEAN family, and hoped for the return to normalcy in accordance with the will of the people as well as the timely implementation of the Five-Point Consensus.

Lastly, His Majesty extended his thanks and appreciation to ASEAN Member States and Dialogue Partners for their support throughout the year.

At the end of the Press Conference, His Majesty also answered few questions from the media.

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was founded on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries; Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on 7 January 1984