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14.04.20 ASEAN Video Conferences for the Special ASEAN Summit

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 in a titah stated the importance of ASEAN to work together to keep economic activities alive and also learn from the COVID-19 crisis to be better prepared for future health emergencies. Enhanced cooperation across all Community Pillars is necessary to strengthen ASEAN's resilience. To this end, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam highlighted on the urgency for accelerating intra-ASEAN trade in preparing the region for post-COVID-19 recovery. 

His Majesty made the titah during the video conferences for the Special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19 and Special ASEAN Plus Three Summit on COVID-19, together with other ASEAN leaders and dialogue partners, the People's Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Both video conferences took place at Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman.

The Special ASEAN Summit took place in the morning and began with the opening speech by His Excellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist republic of Viet Nam as the ASEAN Chair for 2020.

At the Special Summit, His Majesty in a titah stated that further ASEAN Solidarity is needed in facing the unprecedented challenges brought by COVID-19.

In the Summit, leaders were presented a report from the Chairman of the ASEAN Coordinating Council on ASEAN efforts in handling the COVID-19 by His Excellency Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. Leaders of ASEAN also approved several recommendations to address the COVID-19 Pandemic, which include establishing the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund; developing harmonised guidelines for response to public health emergencies; enhancing communication and cooperation to address fake news; minimising the economic impact of COVID-19; continued social protection and developing a post-pandemic recovery plan.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
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