ASEAN-REPUBLIC OF KOREA MINISTERIAL MEETING
(via Video-Conference), 9 September 2020
ASEAN – Korean Strategic Partnership has been exemplary throughout this pandemic.
It has shown how mutually beneficial cooperation can address this crisis together…
especially at a time where declining trust and narrow nationalism is on the rise.
And going forward… our partnership must move beyond addressing the pandemic… and head towards:
Building regional health resilience; and
Expediting economic recovery
In this regard… I’d like to address two points
FIRST… on building regional halth resillience.
A strong national health resilience will support a solid regional health resilience.
In this context… I welcome ROK's proposal to collaborate with ASEAN on Building a Resilient Health System and a Sustainable Universal Health Coverage.
Simultaneously… our collaboration should also focus on developing national health industries to promote self-reliance.
Including initiatives on joint research and development.
SECOND… on collective economic recovery efforts
I welcome ROK’s joint initiative with ASEAN to bolster economic connectivity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
And this initiative needs to be followed-up by concrete measures including by….
Implementing economic integration mechanisms… among others the ASEAN-ROK FTA and RCEP;
Preparing MSMEs for digitalisation and e-commerce;
Bolstering creative economy cooperation.. including ones utilizing digital technologies
In closing… allow me to underline the importance of safe and stable region… including in the Korean Peninsula.
Such condusive environment will enable efforts to promote meaningful progress in realizing our commitments to tackle Covid19 and expedite economic recovery.
I Thank you.