Eight new papers, one SOP adopted at ASEAN meet

James Kon

The 15th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) ended on a high note yesterday, with ASEAN defence ministers agreeing on the adoption of eight new and revised concept and discussion papers, together with one standard operating procedure.

Among them were papers championed by Brunei Darussalam, namely Stocktaking Paper on the ADMM and ADMM-Plus, with an intended outcome to deliver a strategy for the future of the ADMM; concept paper on Enhancing Usage of the ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure (ADI) as Defence Communications Architecture that lays out a proposed conceptual framework for ADI Phase 2 usage; and revisions to the concept paper on ASEAN Defence Interaction Programme (ADIP) to ensure its sustainability in the coming years.

The 15th ADMM, which convened virtually at the International Convention Centre yesterday, was chaired by Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, in his capacity as Brunei Darussalam’s ADMM Leader.

The meeting also saw the adoption of the ‘Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration in Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the ADMM towards a Future-Ready, Peaceful and Prosperous ASEAN’.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof at the 15th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) yesterday, held virtually via video conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON