Deputy Minister attends the Forty-First Meeting of the High-level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration

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Deputy Minister U Than Aung Kyaw of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations attended the Forty-First Meeting of High-Level Task Force on the ASEAN Economic Integration (41st HLTF-EI) which was held via videoconference on 2 March 2022.
The meeting was chaired by Mr Rizal Affandi Lukman, Special Advisor to the Minister for the Strengthening of International Economic Cooperation, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Indonesia. The High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration Leads from ASEAN Member States and representatives, Deputy Secretary-General and officials from ASEAN Secretariat also attended the meeting.
HLTF-EI leaders exchanged views and discussed the Priority Economic Deliverables (PEDs) for Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship, the progress of the implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF), the next steps in the implementation of Consolidated Strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution for ASEAN and Digital Transformation in ASEAN, the Bandar Seri Begawan Roadmap, latest update of the Framework for Circular Economy for the AEC and development of a concept note on ASEAN’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality.
HLTF-EI leaders also discussed and provided guidance on the preparatory work for the ASEAN Post-2025 Vision, recommendations of the report of the Mid-Term Review of the AEC Blueprint 2025, the modality to strengthen coordination on the cross sectoral work and the recommendations for the consideration of 28th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat.
At the meeting, the deputy minister congratulated Cambodia for the Chairmanship in 2022 and also supported the Priority Economic Deliverables (PEDs) under its Chairmanship. He reiterated to work closely with other ASEAN Member States for the successful completion of PEDs in a timely manner. The deputy minister updated Myanmar’s implementation status on the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework regard with trade facilitation. He also made suggestion for applicable and affordable implementation in considering the level of development among ASEAN Member States when developing the implementation plan for the Framework for Circular Economy.
Dr Wah Wah Maung, SEOM Leader and the permanent secretary and senior officials from the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations also joined the meeting. — MNA

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