Bandar Seri Begawan, Tuesday, 26th 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 morning chaired the 22nd ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit;  held virtually via video conferences from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman.

At the 22nd ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as the ASEAN Chairman for 2021 highlighted that the R.O.K. remains one of ASEAN’s most substantive and important strategic partners, and expressed pleasure that the ASEAN-R.O.K. relations have seen much progress and achievements over the years.

His Majesty appreciated the personal efforts of His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the R.O.K., to strengthen ASEAN-R.O.K. cooperation, including through the New Southern Policy Plus.

Furthermore, the R.O.K.’s continued support for ASEAN COVID-19 recovery efforts initiatives is deeply valued, including its contribution of an additional five million U.S. dollars to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund.

His Majesty highlighted the need to continue advancing economic recovery by improving the ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement and ensuring the timely entry into force of the R-CEP Agreement to enhance economic and trade linkages as well as create new opportunities for businesses.

His Majesty also highlighted the need to continue to be forward-looking and build a resilient and future-ready society, by enhancing the capacity of the youth to help enhance food security using modern farming technologies to further contribute to efforts towards achieving sustainable growth and development in the region, as well as enable them to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Meanwhile, His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea in his statement applauded the One ASEAN, One Response approach towards combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing ASEAN’s solidarity and partnership. As ASEAN’s friend, the R.O.K. strives to shape an inclusive future and elevate the ASEAN-R.O.K. partnership to new levels.

His Excellency Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, then delivered the ASEAN Common Statement as Country Coordinator for ASEAN-R.O.K. Dialogue Relations, which welcomed the R.O.K.’s New Southern Policy Plus in bolstering cooperation with the region, leading to positive developments in all areas despite the COVID-19 pandemic. His Excellency Pham Minh Chinh looked forward to broaden the ASEAN-R.O.K. strategic partnership by ensuring the success of their peoples and prosperity in areas such as business, travel and digital technology. In addressing emerging challenges, ASEAN and the R.O.K. must continue dialogues towards the constructiveness of all parties concerned.

At the Summit, the leaders commended the R.O.K.’s swift response to the pandemic and welcomed the R.O.K.’s initiative to become a major global vaccine hub in enabling equitable and affordable access of vaccines in the region. Leaders also called for enhanced cooperation towards sustainable recovery and development through exchanges of knowledge and best practices in various areas including digital economy, green growth, public health and e-commerce. Regional economic recovery should focus on enhancing connectivity and integration through open supply chains and boosting trade and investment.

At the end of the Summit, leaders from ASEAN and the Republic of Korea adopted the Joint Statement of the 22nd ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit on Advancing ASEAN-Republic of Korea Cooperation for People-centered Community of Peace and Prosperity.

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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