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Lyna Mohammad

Brunei strongly believes in the need to look to the future of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM), to ensure that the ADMM is ready, resilient and adaptable, while ensuring the continued support of the defense sector to the wider ASEAN community to face the challenges ahead, said the Permanent Secretary (Policy, Finance and Administration) of the Ministry of Defense (MinDef), Colonel (Rtd ) Norsuriati binti Haji Sharbini, in his capacity as Head of the ASEAN Defense Senior Officials Meeting (ADSOM) of Brunei Darussalam.

This sentiment, she added, underpins everything the strategy paper hopes to achieve; a clear trajectory for the ADMM for the years to come and from 21 October 2022, in a rapidly changing strategic landscape, but not without ensuring the collective voices of ASEAN Member States (AMS) as well as the ASEAN Secretariat ASEAN.

She made the comments during a workshop on “A Future-Ready ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM): A Strategy Document” which kicked off yesterday with an opening ceremony hosted by the Sultanate.

In his opening remarks, Colonel (Rtd) Norsuriati expressed the hope that the workshop will lead to a satisfactory outcome with a coherent and substantial strategy document reflecting the commitment and joint efforts to maintain the importance of the ‘ADMM. This will act as a platform that binds the region’s defense cooperation for many years to come. “As this year’s ADMM is themed ‘Solidarity for Harmonized Security’, I am pleased that much of our work continues to reaffirm ADMM’s importance as a platform that maintains the ASEAN unity in a changing regional landscape.”

She added that “it is crucial that with increasing challenges, we reiterate the unwavering commitment to strengthening ADMM defense cooperation to ensure peace, prosperity and stability in this region.”

Permanent Secretary (Policy, Finance and Administration) at MinDef Colonel (Rtd) Norsuriati binti Haji Sharbini and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Strategy) at MinDef Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud during the workshop. PHOTO: SIMYH

Chaired by MinDef Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Strategy) Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud in his capacity as Head of the Brunei Darussalam ADSOM Task Force (ADSOM WG), participants included delegates from AMS and ASEAN secretariat.

It also saw the virtual participation of guest speaker, Professor David Capie from the University of Victoria, New Zealand.

The workshop aims to lead in-depth discussions among delegates on the future of the ADMM, through discussions on the platform in the current strategic context, while examining the mechanisms of the ADMM aimed at strengthening the contributions from the ASEAN defense sector to the wider ASEAN community.

Delegates will also discuss the future of ADMM through recommendations on the way forward for the platform in support of the ASEAN community’s post-2025 vision during the workshop.

The strategy document follows on from the review document on ADMM and ADMM-Plus, which was noted by the 15th ADMM last year under Brunei Darussalam’s chairmanship of the ADMM.

The workshop enabled the AMS and the ASEAN Secretariat to come together and collectively contribute to the strategy document through a substantive discussion at which Brunei Darussalam intends to present the document for consideration by the ADSOM working group next year under the Indonesian chairmanship of the ADMM.

The workshop ends today.

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