Prime Minister Mark Brown supported by Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) Tepaeru Herrmann, met with Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh in the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
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Prime Minister Mark Brown says one of the key reasons they are at the 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit is to foster a new relationship, strengthen cooperation and nurture a partnership between the Pacific Islands Forum and ASEAN- that will drive development and growth in the region.
Speaking at the 18th East Asia Summit he highlighted
the significance of the Pacific region and addressed critical issues facing the
PM Brown, also the
Pacific Islands Forum Chair, joined fellow Leaders from the ASEAN and New
Zealand, Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United
States at the summit in Jakarta saying regional stability is a collective
strength that must be treasured and nurtured.
“Together we can
achieve robust and responsive economic strategies that will ensure resilience
and foster economic prosperity.”
Brown said that as
leaders they are acutely aware of the opportunities and limitations of both
national and regional mechanisms.
“On most matters it
is fair to say that we defer to national systems or mechanisms. The few issues
that remain however represent the most critical collective issues that we face
as a region. Climate change, the health of our oceans, our environment, eco development
and regional security and peace to name a few.
“Indeed over the
years we have seen the Pacific regional architecture grow to respond to the
collective interests and needs of our region. We have committed to
strengthening our regional architecture to deliver the vision of our leaders as
articulated through the 2050 strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
“Our long term vision
is for a resilient pacific region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion
and prosperity that ensures all Pacific peoples that live free, healthy and
He said that in the
last three years the Forum has been the subject of significant ongoing reforms
and transformation to ensure that the regional architecture is fit for purpose.
“Indeed the review of
the regional architecture has the potential to redefine how we as a collective;
advocate, engage and achieve political settlements. Indeed the effectiveness of
regionalism is dependent on political will, our shared commitment to it and the
partnerships we forge to achieve common goals.”
Speaking to the theme Strengthening
Regional Architecture to Support the Epicentrum of Growth, Brown
said: ““In the Pacific we don’t have to look far to pinpoint the epicentrum of
our growth –it is the Blue Pacific Ocean. It is from our Ocean that we derive
our history – our connection to each other – our culture – our livelihoods –
our being as Pacific peoples. As large oceanic states, we are custodians of
nearly 20 percent of the earth’s surface, and we place great cultural and
spiritual value on our ocean and land, as our common heritage.”
He acknowledged the challenges posed by the Covid-19
pandemic, which exacerbated vulnerabilities in island economies and emphasized
the need for economic resilience and partnerships to strengthen economic
strategies to ensure resilience in the face of future shocks, The Forum
“In fact, this is one of the key reasons why we are here
today at this 43rd ASEAN Summit – to foster a new relationship, to strengthen
cooperation and to nurture a partnership between the Pacific Islands Forum and
ASEAN that will drive development and growth in our regions”.
Meanwhile, PM Brown,
supported by Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) Tepaeru
Herrmann, met with Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham
Minh Chinh in the margins of the Summit.
MFAI said the group
discussed areas to further promote relations in education, people-to-people
links, agriculture, and fisheries.
According to EIN
Presswire, the two prime ministers spoke highly of the signing of the Joint
Communiqué to establish diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Cook
Islands on April 26, 2022, saying it has opened up numerous opportunities for
bilateral cooperation in various promising areas.
It was reported that
they believed that with determination and political trust, the bilateral ties
will further grow, particularly in the economy, trade, agriculture, fisheries,
tourism, and in addressing climate change and rising sea levels.
Brown also met with President of the
Republic of Philippines Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr and discussed increased
cooperation in people-to-people links and exchanged learnings on the challenges
of climate change.
He acknowledged the Filipino
community in the Cook Islands and expressing appreciation for their
contribution to Cook Island's economic prosperity.