Brunei to host defence meeting in June

James Kon

The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) will be hosting the 15th ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting (ADMM) and 8th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) after Vietnam handed over the chaimanship at the conclusion of the 7th ADMM-Plus on December 10, 2020.

The 15th ADMM will be held on June 15 while the 8th ADMM-Plus will be held on June 16.

The ADMM is the highest defence consultative and cooperative mechanism in ASEAN. It is the meeting among defence ministers of 10 ASEAN member states, including the Secretary General of ASEAN which aims to promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness.

The ADMM’s objectives are to promote regional peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation in defence and security; to give guidance to existing senior defence and military officials dialogue and cooperation in the field of defence and security within ASEAN and between ASEAN and dialogue partners; promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness; and contribute to the establishment of an ASEAN Security Community (ASC) as stipulated in the Bali Concord II and promote the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP) on ASC.

The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN and its eight dialogue partners – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States – to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region. The inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi on October 12, 2010.

As the chair of the ADMM for 2021, MinDef aligns the ADMM’s theme and key priorities with the national theme, ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’. Because of COVID-19, Brunei will host this year’s meetings virtually.