Burning issues highlighted at ASEAN business meet

James Kon

Insights and perspectives across various burning issues such as the future of work, education, health and everyday life in a post-COVID, ASEAN’s priorities in the new normal, ASEAN’s digital economy, and ensuring a sustainable ASEAN, were heard, said Chairperson of Brunei ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC), and Legislative Council member (LegCo) Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman at the virtual ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2021 yesterday.

More than 2,000 participants over 50 countries, ranging from the United Kingdom (UK) to Chile and across Asia attended Southeast Asia’s premier annual business forum, which featured heads of state, presidents and prime ministers from ASEAN and its global partners, leaders of business, and the public sector.

The event saw keynote addresses from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh.

Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty added, “It has been a truly incredible and remarkable year for Brunei’s ASEAN Chairmanship despite the historic challenges brought on by the pandemic that continue to test our resilience, our resolve and our unity as a region. The unceasing and tireless determination, persistence and collaboration – between public and private sectors – as one community in finding ways and means to save lives and bring our economies back to normal have shown that it can be done – and can achieve much more – for as long as we stay together.”

The event came at a crucial time when the public and private sectors come together and identify ways to promote inclusive sustainable growth in a digital age.

In the spirit of inclusivity, participation was free of charge. In lieu of a registration fee, ABIS encouraged a voluntary donation to charity partner ‘Save the Children’.

Chairperson of Brunei ASEAN Business Advisory Council and Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman. PHOTO: JAMES KON