ASEAN Ministers responsible for Culture and Arts are committed to the Culture of Prevention (CoP) in enriching the ASEAN identity. The commitment is written in a declaration issued during the 8th Meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA). The declaration also underscored several actions that will be implemented by the ASEAN Cultural and Arts Sectoral Body, including preparing a framework and indicator on the main streaming of the Culture of Prevention (CoP) which supports the implementation of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint as well as Sustainable Development.

Yang Berhormat (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports during a plenary session of the meeting said the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution is starting to show its impact on the community. The method of teaching, culture and the Arts Movement have changed, especially among the young generation, including the bad impact from using technology in spreading false news. In this regard, the application of the Culture of Prevention in promoting peace and understanding of culture can be realised through the practise of culture, and understanding the function of culture itself as an agent of political, economic and social integration of the local community and universal communities. Yang Berhormat also emphasised the need for the AMCA to continue grabbing the opportunities for cooperation with other Sectrol and main bodies in ensuring their realisation of the ASCC and ASEAN goals as a whole.

The meeting was officiated and chaired by His Excellency Professor Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia. During the meeting, the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts also heard reports and discussed the Culture and Arts Strategic Plan 2016-2025 and cooperation with dialogue partners. Earlier, Yang Berhormat as the Chairman of the 7th AMCA in a speech on passing the chairmanship of the AMCA to Indonesia said Brunei Darussalam was the Chair from 2016 to 2018. Yang Berhormat also reported the status of the implementation of the said strategic plan. The ministers also agreed that the implementation of the Strategic Plan has successfully implemented almost 70 percent of 'action lines' listed in the strategy. The Ministers also agreed to increase cooperation in culture and technical areas through the ASEAN plus 3, ASEAN plus China, ASEAN plus Japan and ASEAN plus the Republic of Korea Working Plans.

Source: Radio Television Brunei