1. We, the Leaders of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines had open, candid and fruitful discussions on developments in the sub-region. We reaffirmed the important role of BIMP-EAGA in the overall effort to promote economic and social development, connectivity and shared prosperity in the sub-region in support of ASEAN’s goal of economic integration. We reiterated our commitment to strengthen our cooperation and undertake necessary measures to ensure the expeditious implementation of projects.
2. We welcomed the holding of the inaugural meeting of the BIMP-EAGA Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers in Makassar, Sulawesi on 26 November, 2010 and commended the Ministers for taking the lead in the formulation of the “food basket” policy framework. We therefore called for maximum effort in allocating adequate resources in implementing viable initiatives that would impact the “food basket” strategy as well as ensuring food security in the region. We looked forward to the completion of the specific action and investment plans under this framework by 2012. Consistent with this strategy, we therefore commended BIMP-EAGA Business Council for organizing the BIMP-EAGA Expo in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in March this year. We also welcome the plan to organize “High-Value Agriculture Symposium, Business Conference and Expo” to be held in Malaysia later this year.
3. We congratulated the BIMP-EAGA Tourism Ministers for launching the “Equator Asia” BIMP-EAGA tourism brand during the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Brunei Darussalam in January 2010, and the establishment of the BIMP-EAGA Tourism Development Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on 12 March 2011. Recognizing the initial efforts done in crafting the community-based ecotourism development plans in pilot sites, we encouraged our tourism ministers to work closely with the local governments and private sectors in implementing these plans.
4. We noted with satisfaction the implementation of various measures to improve connectivity in BIMP-EAGA in line with the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. We welcomed the progress of the 12 Priority Infrastructure Projects (PIPs) and urged our Ministers and senior officials to take proactive measures in accelerating the implementation of these PIPs as well as identifying and prioritizing additional infrastructure investment projects supportive of developing food production hubs and enhancing travels within the sub-region. We are also pleased to note the implementation of private-sector led projects to enhance inter-connectivity within the sub-region. We also reaffirmed our support for sustained efforts in the development of infrastructure in the areas of transport, energy, trade facilitation and information communication technology (ICT).
5. In the light of global issues on climate change and the alarming natural resource depletion, and recognizing that the Borneo forests and coral reefs within the Coral Triangle are interconnected, we are pleased with the outcome of the BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Conference on the Heart of Borneo and Coral Reefs held in Brunei Darussalam on 9 March 2011. We urged the relevant sectoral ministers to take the lead in developing a strategy in conservation, sustainable forest and marine resource management, protection of endangered species and mitigation as well as adaptation to climate change. This is to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes and economic wellbeing for the people of the sub-region.
6. Noting that implementation is key to the realization of our development vision and goals, we supported the decision of the BIMP-EAGA Ministers to formulate a comprehensive and results-focused Implementation Blueprint for 2012–2016. We called on all stakeholders at the local and national levels particularly the private sector to participate actively in identifying and prioritizing doable projects that will generate immediate and direct impact on increasing trade, tourism and investments in the subregion.
7. We are pleased with the current process undertaken to formalize the establishment of BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Centre (BIMP-EAGA FC) as the subregion’s central coordinating and monitoring unit and looked forward to the conclusion of the agreement in this regard. We reaffirmed our commitment to improve our respective in-country coordination mechanisms as we continue to strengthen the institutional structures and coordinating mechanisms at the subregional level.
8. We reaffirmed the important role of the private sector in the development process through investments, employment generation, and advocacy for inclusive and equitable growth. We are encouraged by the various activities undertaken by the private sector through the BIMP-EAGA Business Council to further improve the overall business and investment environment in BIMP-EAGA. We urged them to continue to strengthen their consultative platforms and ensure the broader participation particularly of SMEs in this development process. We tasked our Ministers and senior officials to intensify dialogues and strengthen public-private partnerships.
9. We noted with great appreciation the increased technical assistance projects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in support of transport connectivity, energy development, enhancing trade facilitation, the promotion of sustainable management of natural resources, tourism development and the strengthening of institutions and mechanisms in BIMP-EAGA. We urged ADB to likewise provide support in other areas such Food Security, and Small and Medium Enterprises and private sector development. We also requested ADB to assist in preparing the Implementation Blueprint for 2012-2016 which will be instrumental in transforming our strategies into concrete results on the ground. We recognized that the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) assistance for BIMP-EAGA will end in June 2011 and expressed our appreciation for its technical support towards BIMP-EAGA all these years.
10. We appreciated the ASEAN Secretariat’s increasing engagement with BIMP-EAGA and urged them to further collaborate in areas such as food security, connectivity, ecotourism and trade facilitation in BIMP-EAGA. In this regard, we called on the ASEAN Secretariat to mobilize technical and financial resources to support all BIMPEAGA’s initiatives.
11. We welcomed the initial steps taken to move forward the BIMP-EAGA – China relations in various areas of mutual interest. We also expressed our great appreciation for the increased involvement of Japan in BIMP-EAGA’s development and looked forward to the conclusion of a framework of cooperation to formalize Japan’s status as a development partner of BIMP-EAGA later this year. We looked forward to a more dynamic engagement by all stakeholders to establish actual joint venture undertakings to move forward the sub-region’s existing relations with China and Japan.
12. We expressed our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for the successful organization of the Seventh BIMP-EAGA Summit.