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 evening chaired the 9th ASEAN-United States Summit, held virtually via video conference from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman.

At the 9th ASEAN-United States Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN Chair for 2021 delivered a titah, in which His Majesty welcomed His Excellency President Joseph Biden to his first ASEAN-U.S. Summit and expressed pleasure with the United States’ proactive engagement with ASEAN since the start of his presidency.

His Majesty then underscored the importance of preparing the future generation with the right skills that are relevant to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Aside from that, His Majesty called for ASEAN-U.S. cooperation in digital technology, innovation and economy to help build ASEAN’s capacities in utilising digital solutions for sustainable development of the region, as well as to advance COVID-19 recovery efforts.

ASEAN also looked forward to the United States’ support in further strengthening ASEAN’s capacity to manufacture and produce vaccines, with a view to better prepare ASEAN for any future public health emergencies and reduce vaccine supply disruptions in ASEAN.

At the end of the titah, His Majesty reaffirmed Brunei Darussalam’s commitment to working closely with the United States to advance ASEAN-U.S. relationship, uphold multilateralism and enhance regional development, peace and stability.

Meanwhile, His Excellency Joseph Biden, President of the United States in his statement reaffirmed the US’ commitment to ASEAN centrality and hoped to deepen the longstanding relationship between ASEAN and the US through the exploration of new avenues of cooperation. Furthermore, His Excellency looked forward to advance shared interests, values and vision for maintaining resilience and security in the region.

His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia delivered the ASEAN Common Statement as Country Coordinator for ASEAN-US Dialogue Relations, which outlined the need for ASEAN and the US to strengthen peace and stability in the region; the prioritization of economic integration and cooperation to promote sustainable development; as well as the hope for the US to become a key partner in ASEAN’s new health architecture.

Leaders expressed gratitude for the US’ contributions of vaccines and medical assistance in efforts to advance multilateral cooperation. Regional economic integration and connectivity via the increase of trade activities and investment flows can help to enhance sustainable development in the region. Leaders also supported efforts to bridge the digital divide by enhancing digital transformation and addressing cybersecurity threats.

At the end of the Summit, the ASEAN-United States Leaders’ Statement on Digital Development was adopted.

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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