JAKARTA, 25 June 2020 – The ASEAN Leaders will convene at the 36th ASEAN Summit via teleconference tomorrow to discuss how to further strengthen cooperation on public health emergencies and put in place a robust post-pandemic recovery plan.
As ASEAN Chair in 2020, Prime Minister of Viet Nam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, will preside over the opening ceremony of the Summit. He will be joined by Leaders of other ASEAN Member States.
During the Summit, the ASEAN Leaders will take stock of ASEAN’s Community building efforts, challenges ahead, and adopt a number of key documents to improve the lives of the peoples of ASEAN post COVID-19.
The Summit is expected to reaffirm the need for a post-pandemic recovery plan which will involve collaboration among industries, private sector and other stakeholders.
‘’In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the convening of the 36th ASEAN Summit is a concrete demonstration of ASEAN’s solidarity and leadership manifested in concrete regional cooperation. Such solidarity is very much needed in responding to the pandemic,’’ said Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN. ‘’We expect a greater collaborative effort in information and knowledge sharing not only in areas of medical development but also in domestic policies related to social and health security given the vast impact of COVID-19 on communities,’’ he added.
Managing public health risks and reviving economies until an effective vaccine or treatment is found are high on the Summit’s agenda. Other highlights will be the Leaders’ interfaces with important stakeholders of the ASEAN Community such as the youth, the business group as well as parliamentarians who can contribute significantly to its community building efforts.
ASEAN was founded in Bangkok, Thailand on 8 August 1967 when the five founding members – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – signed the ASEAN Declaration. Since then, ASEAN has expanded and enlarged its membership with the inclusion of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam.
The ASEAN Summit is ASEAN’s highest policy-making body.
This is the third time Viet Nam holds the ASEAN Chairship. Viet Nam officially joined ASEAN in 1995 and held the ASEAN Chairship for the first time in 1998, and again in 2010.