Canada will contribute CAD3.5 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, a regional mechanism that will ensure ASEAN Member States have equal access to critical funding for vaccines, medical supplies and research to recover from the pandemic.
“Canada is proud to support ASEAN, by helping to reach those who continue to be most affected by COVID-19 and contribute to regional recovery.” says Diedrah Kelly, Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN.
“This year, Canada and ASEAN will celebrate 44 years of partnership and this support is one of many examples that shows Canada’s commitment to people-centered and responsive engagement with ASEAN”, he added.
ASEAN has made important strides to address the COVID-19 pandemic, through measures such as the development of the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, sharing of information through the ASEAN Emergency Operations Centre Network and the ASEAN BioDiaspora Virtual Centre for Big Data Analytics and Visualisation – both implemented in cooperation with Canada – and the articulation of a whole-of-Community recovery from COVID-19 with the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.
“Regional efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic have been put in place since as early as February last year. As part of these regional efforts, ASEAN is working with our external partners to overcome this global challenge. The ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership has always been steadfast as evidenced especially in these challenging times”, Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi noted.
Canada’s new contribution reflects the commitment of the ASEAN-Canada partnership to invest in human capital development and promote regional prosperity, stability and health security throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.