Asean should fortify its agro-foundation, says Muhyiddin

by FARA AISYAH/ FILE PIX

 

Asean should seize the opportunity to fortify its current agro-foundation amid the disrupted global supply chain, says Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“As a region blessed with rich natural resources, it is the time for us to look into possible ways to strengthen food security in the region. 

“Of Covid-19 pandemic has taught us a lesson, it is that Asean must be self- reliant in the face of unprecedented crisis, be it for now, or future,” he said at the 37th Asean Summit today.

He added that essential movement through Travel Corridors must be given priority, such as a coordinated set of procedures and requirements between member states.

Muhyiddin said it is crucial for Asean’s economic recovery plan to encompass not only financial considerations, but also address the need to forge an integrated, robust and sturdy regional partnership to preserve the rich social fabric which underpins the community.

On Covid-19 vaccine,  Muhyiddin said that the region must work hand-in-hand with relevant international organizations such as the World Health Organization and countries to ensure the vaccine, once it has been approved, is affordable, accessible and equitably shared by all.