HIS MAJESTY THE SULTAN AND YANG DI-PERTUAN OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM CHAIRS THE 24TH ASEAN-JAPAN SUMMIT
Bandar Seri Begawan, Wednesday, 27th 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 24th ASEAN-Japan Summit, held virtually via video conference from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman.
At the 24th ASEAN-Japan Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN Chair for 2021 in a titah highlighted that over the years, Japan has been an invaluable partner to ASEAN and has helped ASEAN develop and progress in many areas.
His Majesty acknowledged Japan’s support and assistance for the region in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly through the contribution of vaccines to ASEAN Member States, including Brunei Darussalam.
In addition, His Majesty appreciated Japan’s contributions towards building the region’s capacity to be more resilient in the face of public health challenges, including through the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases.
His Majesty then encouraged the Japan International Cooperation Agency to continue developing programmes to build the capacity of the people to address current issues such as cybersecurity, in view of the uncertainties faced as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
His Majesty highlighted that such initiatives will contribute towards building greater human security and resilience in the region to safeguard our peoples’ shared progress, development and prosperity.
Meanwhile, His Excellency Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan welcomed the opportunity to raise ASEAN-Japan relations to new stages with a proposed Special ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in 2023 to celebrate 50 years of friendship and cooperation. In the period of post-pandemic recovery, His Excellency encouraged to further enhance cooperation in climate change, health, disaster risk reduction, digital transformation and quality infrastructure investment.
His Excellency Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand as Country Coordinator of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue Relations delivered the ASEAN Common Statement, among other things, supported the stepping up of collaborations in public health; increased cooperation in transnational crime, counter-terrorism, and cybersecurity; improvements to the regional supply chain as well as enhancement of regional connectivity and partnership in socio-cultural linkages.
At the Summit, ASEAN Leaders extended appreciation for Japan’s assistance in supporting ASEAN’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, including contributions to the ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund and training of researchers and experts for the ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Disease. Leaders also encouraged opportunities to intensify cooperation in areas including digital economy, quality infrastructure, green growth as well as the facilitation of trade and investment towards sustainable development and recovery.