DA chief tells ASEAN neighbors to forge win-win multi-stakeholder partnerships
Agriculture Secretary William Dar has called for greater collaboration among the ASEAN member-states during the 41st ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) Meeting recently held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
“ASEAN must continue to forge win-win multi-stakeholder partnerships to realize our ASEAN Vision 2025: A politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible, and a truly people-oriented, people-centered and rules-based ASEAN,” Dar said.
During his speech, Dar mentioned how ASEAN has provided the framework for Southeast Asian prosperity and how the various challenges including rapid population growth rates and social and economic forces in the global front were able to strengthen the partnership of each member-state.
“ASEAN must continue to be open and outward looking, strong in its advocacy, innovative in its quest for equitable progress, and united against any threat or issue it must face,” Dar said.
The Philippine AMAF leader also called on the member-states to work equally hard to nurture cooperation with dialogue partners and international organizations.
“In this era of globalization, ASEAN must assert its centrality,” he added.