Union Minister U Ko Ko attends 25th ASEAN socio-cultural community council ministers meeting

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Myanmar delegation led by the MoRAC Union minister participates in the online 25th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council Ministers Meeting yesterday.

The 25th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council Ministers Meeting (ASCC) was co-chaired by Brunei Darussalam, chair of ASEAN in 2021, and the ASEAN Secretariat through video conferencing yesterday afternoon.
Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Ko Ko, Permanent Secretary U Tun Ohn, Senior Official for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC), Director-General of the Department of Historical Research and National Library U Aung Myint and Myanmar delegation participated in the online meeting from Nay Pyi Taw.
The meeting focused on the priority areas of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Pillar, the activities carried out in 2021, declarations to be approved by the ASEAN Leaders at the 38th ASEAN Summit, and the process to be documented. The meeting discussed seven processes, including the ASEAN Leaders’ Statement on the Importance of Families for Nation-Building and Community Development, to be approved at the 38th ASEAN Summit and ASEAN Regional Plan for the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Rights of the Child on Migration in 2021-2025; ASEAN Development Potential Programme; Strategic Plan for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation; ASEAN Climate Change Report, including the annual Cooperation Plan for the signing of the ASEAN-FIFA MoU; Recognition of 23 processes, including action plans and agendas of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Working Bodies for 2021-2025.
The meeting also discussed the two agendas to be approved at the 24th ASEAN + 3 Summit and the 16th East Asia Summit.
At the meeting, Union Minister U Ko Ko said it is halfway to the ASEAN Community by 2025 due to cooperation with each other under ASEAN rules and regulations and the ASEAN Secretariat’s support.
He expressed words of thanks to senior officials for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) and officials from the ASEAN Secretariat for their efforts to complete the 2016-2020 mid-year report during the COVID-19 period, adding it is hoped that the ASCC affiliated working groups will be able to draw up more comprehensive and strategic action plans from 2021 to 2025 based on the results of the completed annual report.
He said Myanmar is also focusing on overcoming the pandemic as other ASEAN nations and building the bright golden future, adding Myanmar’s full support to the strengthening of multilateral cooperation to create a good environment for economic development, poverty alleviation and development of the lives of the people in the ASEAN region. — MNA

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