According to the Vietnam News Agency in Jakarta, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on January 21 that the country was assigned to chair the Task Force (Ad hoc) to discuss with stakeholders about the ASEAN travel corridor regulatory framework. (ATCAF) and the ATCAF operating procedures to support economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was approved by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Narrow Conference (AMM Retreat) on January 21 by online form.
According to Retno Marsudi, the work of the Task Force is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. The establishment of a passageway between Southeast Asian countries was first proposed by Indonesia at the 36th ASEAN Summit in June 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated the economy. area.
This initiative will enable important economic and business actors and is expected to revive economic activities without sacrificing health aspects.
The initiative was welcomed by all member countries and supported by ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi. Mr. Lim Jock Hoi said that the travel corridor is one of the efforts to ensure the Southeast Asian market remains open during the pandemic.
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The open market is a key factor in speeding up economic recovery in 10 member countries of the Association and guarantee that Agreement passageway ASEAN will be realized soon.
According to Retno, in the long run, after the statute is passed by the member countries, task force can be used to coordinate and facilitate the operation of regional travel corridors and to establish a travel facilitation standard within ASEAN.
In addition to agreeing on the travel corridor arrangements, ASEAN has received nearly $ 13.6 million from the reallocation of cooperation funds from ASEAN and partner countries committed to contribute to the COVID-19 Response Fund. of blocks. This money will be used to support the Association’s efforts to prevent the COVID-19./ pandemic.