Abstract : The Belt and Road Initiative would further complement the revitalization of economies, said Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah during a special speech via recorded video at the Opening Plenary of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2021 in Boao, China.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 21 (Xinhua) — The
Belt and Road Initiative would further complement the revitalization of
economies, said Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah during a special
speech via recorded video at the Opening Plenary of the Boao Forum for
Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2021 in Boao, China.
According to local media reports on Wednesday, the Sultan was invited
by Secretary General of the BFA Li Baodong to deliver the speech as the
Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2021.
During his speech on Tuesday, the Sultan said that the Belt and Road
Initiative is a significant plan that would contribute to regional
connectivity and further enhance the economic landscape, which could
also present opportunities to work together in many areas and through
sub-regional fora such as BIMP-EAGA (The Brunei
Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area).
He said that this year is another milestone in the history of
relations with China as this year marks the 30th anniversary of
ASEAN-China dialogue relations as well as the establishment of
diplomatic relations between Brunei and China.
The Sultan said that during this difficult time, ASEAN countries have
shown solidarity and joined hands to mitigate the impacts of the
COVID-19 pandemic, without losing sight of the integration efforts.
He also said that the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership (RCEP) Agreement last year not only demonstrated the
concerted efforts of its member countries towards advancing
international trade cooperation, but it will also help to strengthen
regional recovery efforts.
Before concluding the speech, the Sultan looked forward to the
continuous strengthening of ASEAN-China cooperation to maximize the
prospects and efforts towards achieving regional sustainable economic
The BFA Annual Conference 2021 was held on April 18-21 and coincided
with the 20th anniversary of the forum. This year’s forum is themed “A
World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance
Belt and Road Cooperation”. Enditem
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Source: Belt and Road Initiative to aid regional recovery: Brunei’s Sultan