The 22nd ASEAN Lecture – Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2021: We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper


About the Webinar

With the rapidly changing geo-political and economic environment, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the world including Southeast Asia is experiencing a significant paradigm shift. Brunei Darussalam, as Chair of ASEAN in 2021 with the theme of “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”, will work with fellow ASEAN Member States to ensure the Association continues to make progress towards realising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. At the same time, Brunei Darussalam will pursue initiatives that can directly benefit the people of ASEAN, build greater resilience against future uncertainties and enable sustainable prosperity for all. In 2021, ASEAN will continue to strengthen its emergency preparedness and response, enhance partnerships with external partners for mutual benefits, and cooperate collectively to address the socio-economic concerns of the people.

About the Speaker

Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan Bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof is the Minister of Foreign Affairs II, Negara Brunei Darussalam. He started in the Civil Service in 1989 as a Veterinary Chemist in the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. In 1991, he was appointed Head of Miscellaneous Crop Unit. In 1994, he undertook duties on ASEAN Agriculture Matters and became the focal point for ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) Meetings. He received his Combined Degree with Honours in Genetics and Biophysics from Leeds University, West Yorkshire in 1988 and an MSc. in Genetics and Its Applications from University College Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom in 1991. In 2005, he was transferred to the Department of International Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was involved in the Brunei-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (BJEPA) negotiations and lead negotiator for Brunei Darussalam and Chairman for the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) until its completion in 2007. On 17 January 2008, he was promoted to Deputy Permanent Secretary and within seven months, he was appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam. He was previously the ASEAN SOM Leader for Brunei Darussalam and was also a former member of the Board Directors of Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) & Brunei Liquefied Natural Gas (BLNG) in 2008 and Brunei Gas Carrier (BGC), Brunei Shell Tank (BST) & Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM) in 2010. He retired from Civil Service upon his appointment as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam on 22 October 2015. On 30 January 2018, Dato Erywan was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II. In addition to his role as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, he served as the Chairman of the Development Board (BEDB) from 14 October 2017 until 7 October 2018. On 19 September 2018, Dato Erywan was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs II.


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Dec 02 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am