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Statement by His Majesty the Sultan And Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam – 16th October 2012

 

Your Majesty,
Your Highnesses, Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

My congratulations to the Government of the State of Kuwait on this fine initiative and my appreciation for the excellent arrangements made for the summit.

I would also like to thank the people of Kuwait very much indeed, for their welcome and for the wonderful hospitality we have received.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Afghanistan as the newest member of the ACD.

Your Highness,

Ten years ago, a proposal from the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra of the Kingdom of Thailand stirred our imagination. The result was the first meeting of the ACD.It was very exciting time. People referred to it as the beginning of the "Asian Century".

They referred to Asia's rich history and the strength of its ancient empires. They talked of its immense resources, both material and human. They watched the growing strength of its regions. And they saw enormous potential.

They also noted, however, the reality of the challenges facing our people in the modern world, from economic crises, food security to pandemic diseases. In doing so, they rightly identified a gap between potential and reality … We hoped that it would be narrowed.

Over the last ten years, however, it has grown in many ways. Social norms of tolerance and respect among nations are regularly and severely tested….. Cultural values that shape our different societies are similarly at risk….. International finance has become so complex that even experts are unable to agree about how best it should operate….. Neighbors across our continent are often uncomfortable with each other.Security, as it is understood by the ordinary people we represent, is fragile.

In other words, Your Highness, the challenge we face is still the gap between what we seek to achieve and what reality imposes on us.

As we rightly stated ten years ago, it cannot be filled solely by government mechanisms and formal cooperation… much of it has to be filled by our people through human means.That is why a human mechanism was developed.In the words of the first ACD meeting, that mechanism was " dialogue ".

And today, we believe in dialogue as strongly as ever. We see it as a leading to understanding and understanding leads to respect and respect to common purpose.

In Brunei Darussalam, we feel the most effective long-term way to do this is through education and by developing our young people. They after all, are the generation who will realize Asia's potential.

At a basic level, it calls for continual assessment and re-assessment of our school curriculum so that it is directed at a future needs and demands.

At a broader level, it involves increasing opportunities for our young people to interact with our partners throughout Asia.

We believe that this is the most effective way of narrowing the gap between our potential and the reality of modern international life. That is where I see the unique and invaluable role of the ACD. And that is why I am very pleased that this summit has been called.It offers us a most welcome opportunity to coordinate all the thoughts and ideas expressed over the past decade. It means that we can hear each other's views on the complexities of global finance and economics on the priorities in social development, and on all the many challenging aspects of security today.

As a result, we can share ideas develop common understanding and learn from each other's experiences. In other words, we can try to bring reality within the scope of our potential.

In that spirit,
Your Highness,

We look forward to strengthen the dialogue under our new chairman, the Republic of Tajikistan, and once again we thank the Government of Kingdom of Thailand for its continued hard work as a coordinator, and the people of the State of Kuwait for their very kind welcome.

Thank you,

 

و بالله التوفيق و الهداية ،،،
و السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته ،،،

 

 

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