ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh hailed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Disaster Management Cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People’s Republic of China as a “milestone in the developing partnership with China in the area of disaster management.” The signing ceremony took place at the ASEAN Secretariat today.
Underscoring the importance of working together, SG Minh said that “the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is the initial step in strengthening the partnership between China and ASEAN. The tasks ahead would require further dialogue and interaction to fully implement the MOU.”
The MoU provided for RMB 50 million to support the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Work Programme, the operationalisation of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), and the ASEAN Secretariat’s capacity building programmes on disaster management.
H.E. Yang Xiuping, Ambassador of China to ASEAN, stated that “it is the first time that China provides grant to ASEAN through multilateral mechanism.” She highlighted the leadership exercised by the Secretary-General of ASEAN in getting donations when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013. “The leadership of the Secretary-General of ASEAN is important not only within the region but also outside ASEAN,” added Ambassador Xiuping. Further, she said that “disaster management is important to governments and the people. Through this grant, China hopes to help countries affected by disasters.” She said that “by coming together, we can do more for the benefit of the people.”