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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - Opening Remarks by Permanent Secretary MTIC at the Ad Hoc ASEAN and China Senior Transport Official Meeting (Ad Hoc STOM + China)
OPENING REMARKS

By 
Mr. Mohammad Nazri Mohammad Yusof
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications of Brunei Darussalam
(Co-Chair of the Ad hoc STOM + China)

At the
Ad Hoc ASEAN and China Senior Transport Officials Meeting 
(Ad Hoc STOM + China)

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 (2.30pm - 3.30pm)
Terbilang Meeting Room, MTIC
via Video Conference

Excellencies STOM Leaders of ASEAN and China,
Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Economic Community,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh & A very Good Afternoon,

(I hope you all have a good lunch).  

Welcome to the Ad hoc ASEAN and China Senior Transport Officials (virtual) Meeting.  It is a great pleasure to have the delegation of China joining us today. 

2. On behalf of ASEAN STOM Leaders, I wish to express our sincere thanks to China for this opportunity so we all can come together to discuss efforts to mitigate the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.  As Excellencies may recall, both ASEAN and Plus Three Leaders have met on 14 April and so did the engagement between China and the relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies since February.

3. Therefore, our gathering today is in response to the determination of ASEAN and China to continue working together to deal with the COVID-19 situation.  We have heard many called for the need to maintain necessary flow of goods and services and sustain supply chain connectivity within the region and beyond.  Not only that, the supply chain is to be made more resilient, sustainable and less vulnerable to shocks in order to support economic development.  This is inevitable as we continue to do what we can to sufficiently address the profound consequences of COVID-19 pandemic.

4. On this, I wish to highlight that transport sector plays an essential role if we were to strengthen the resiliency and sustainability of regional supply chains and maintain necessary flow of goods and services.  This includes ensuring the stability and openness of the transport and logistics system in ASEAN and beyond, so that ASEAN and China can work together to jointly restore economic growth.  Looking ahead, both sides can also look into ways of strengthening joint efforts toward post pandemic recovery in the region. 

5. Briefly on ASEAN-China transport cooperation, I fervently hope that the momentum for this cooperation will move forward despite these trying times.  We are pleased with the continued support from China to implement those transport initiatives, projects and activities under the Revised Strategic Plan for ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation, including those new initiatives proposed at the last 18th ATM+China.  We look forward to working with China in advancing the implementation of our transport agenda guided by the ASEAN Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025. 

6. With that, I welcome China’s invaluable input and contribution to the success of this Meeting.  May I now invite our Co-Chair to deliver his opening remarks.

Thank you.





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