15th BIMP-EAGA Summit Meeting Encourages Strengthening of BIMP-EAGA with South Korea, Japan and Australia
Labuan Bajo – Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said it was important for the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) to strengthen and collaborate with partner countries such as South Korea, Japan and Australia.
This was conveyed by Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim during the 15th BIMP-EAGA Summit meeting in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, Thursday 11/5/2023.
“It is necessary to strengthen the BIMP-EAGA institution to strengthen cooperation and integration going forward, through the revitalization of the Chief Ministers, Governors and Local Governments Forum (CMGLF), expansion of the membership of the BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC), institutionalization of the BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center (BIMP) -FC) as the BIMP-EAGA secretariat,” said the Malaysian Prime Minister.
Furthermore, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim considered that BIMP-EAGA was an ASEAN building block, which played an important role in achieving the regional integration agenda. The cooperation mechanism with a project approach can be used as a case study of ASEAN initiatives.
The meeting also ratified the Joint Leaders’ Statement containing directions from the Head of State to achieve the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025. BIMP-EAGA encourages strengthening BIMP-EAGA collaboration with partner countries such as South Korea, Japan and Australia, as well as with ADB has been a /strategic partner in supporting BIMP-EAGA activities so far.
Meanwhile, it is necessary to note that the concept document discussed in the 15th BIMP EAGA contains the achievements of cooperation in the five priority pillars, namely food basket, connectivity, tourism, environment, and socio-cultural education pillars. The approval of the Bandar Seri Begawan Roadmap related to the Digital Economy Framework Agreement which started in 2023 will also be accelerated under Indonesia’s chairmanship.
The 15th BIMP-EAGA Summit meeting was chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and attended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and representatives from Thailand and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).