JAKARTA, 5 February 2018 – The Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi visited the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) on 2 February. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Centre, briefed the Secretary-General on the development of the AHA Centre, its facilities and the future plan.

SG Dato Lim appreciated the work of the AHA Centre in monitoring and responding to disasters in ASEAN. He recognised the strong bond between ASEAN Secretariat and the AHA Centre in coordinating matters related to disasters, and its importance in supporting his role as ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator. The Secretary-General reiterated that ASEAN Secretariat will explore more resources and enhance communication outreach for the AHA Centre.

Prior to the briefing, SG Dato Lim Jock Hoi visited the Emergency Operations Centre which serves as the command and control centre during emergency responses. AHA Centre also shared their disaster monitoring tools which enable ASEAN Member States to access timely information and updates in times of disaster.

Also joining the visit were Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee and other ASEAN Secretariat delegates. This was the first time SG Dato Lim visited the AHA Centre since taking office as the Secretary-General of ASEAN.