Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai stated that people must be at the heart of the ASEAN and Republic of Korea (ROK) partnership.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on 9 September 2020 participated in the ASEAN – ROK Ministerial Meeting via video conference.
During the meeting, he emphasized (1) capacity-building in disease prevention and control, prevention of future outbreaks of other diseases, and creation of health dialogues between ASEAN and ROK; (2) cooperation on technology and innovation in the business sector especially in the smart infrastructure, smart cities, and green growth; and (3) promotion of peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.
The meeting stressed the importance of cooperation in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and appreciated the ROK’s contribution of fve million USD to ASEAN in “Enhancing the Detection Capacity for COVID-19 in ASEAN Member States” projects to procure medical supplies and equipment, and allocation of one million USD to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund.
It agreed to enhance cooperation in regional economic recovery with the focus on ROK’s New Southern Policy, the use of technology and innovation to improve health sector capacities, maintaining the regional supply chain, promoting connectivity, as well as innovation and digital economy for MSMEs and start-ups.
The meeting also exchanged views on developments in the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea, whereby the Ministers stressed the importance of continued dialogues amongst the concerned parties.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department