The Joint Consultative Meeting (JCM) was held on 17 June 2021 via videoconference, and was chaired by Emaleen Abd Rahman Teo, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam.
The Meeting brought together senior officials from the three ASEAN Community pillars: Political-Security Community, Economic Community and Socio-Cultural Community to address issues that cut across the three Community pillars.
During the Meeting, ASEAN Member States expressed support for the priorities under Brunei Darussalam’s 2021 Chairmanship, including the establishment of the Strategic and Holistic Initiative to Link ASEAN Responses to Emergencies and Disasters (ASEAN SHIELD). The ASEAN SHIELD emphasises a “whole of ASEAN” approach to swiftly mitigate the impacts of emergencies and disasters affecting the region. Under the ASEAN SHIELD, Brunei Darussalam also aims to facilitate a more participative society by establishing a platform that will enable the peoples of ASEAN to contribute to natural disaster relief efforts in the region.
Recognising that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation and that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents both opportunities and challenges, the Meeting discussed the progress of developing the Consolidated Strategy on the 4IR, which will help contribute to the region’s recovery efforts and its overall long-term resilience by approaching the 4IR as a Community to maximise opportunities, enhance regional peace and stability, foster economic growth, and promote inclusive and equitable economic development. The Consolidated Strategy is expected to be adopted by the ASEAN Leaders at their Summit in October 2021.
The Meeting also discussed the work to develop the ASEAN Community Post-2025 Vision, which will set out ASEAN’s vision for an integrated, peaceful, stable and prosperous Community after 2025. The Vision, which will be launched in 2025, will be developed by a High Level Task Force to be co-chaired by the rotating ASEAN Chair and a permanent shepherd.
The JCM comprised the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM), the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials’ Meeting (SEOM), the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (SOCA) and the Committee of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR). Brunei Darussalam’s delegation was represented by H.E. Hajah Dr. May Fa’ezah Haji Ahmad Ariffin, Permanent Secretary (Economy) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy as SEOM Chair and H.E. Hajah Norashikin Haji Johari, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as SOCA Chair, as well as H.E. Pengiran Hairani Pg Tajuddin, Brunei Darussalam’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN as Chair of the CPR.
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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