Najib Acknowledges the Importance of Sustainability and Inclusiveness in Future ASEAN Policies
In the 48th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting held on 4th August 2015, the Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak has asserted that the future ASEAN policies must be based on inclusiveness and sustainability if the regional body is to narrow the development gap between member nations.
Such a statement by him is in coherence with the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) project that is currently being implemented in Malaysia. In this meeting, he emphasised that while the ten member states are at different stages now in terms of sustainability, it is mandatory to narrow these gaps so that ASEAN would emerge as an integrated community.
“It is essential if we are to build a truly integrated ASEAN, which is why inclusiveness and sustainability must be at the heart of our policies going forward," - The Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak at the 48th Ministerial Meeting.
Doing as he preaches, the Malaysian government has initiated the “SCP Policy Support Malaysia Project on 2012. It recognised that the current practices of industry and consumers are unsustainable and will impact negatively on the quality of life of the present and future generations, if unabated. As Malaysia aims to become a high income and fully developed which is both inclusive and sustainable by 2020, SCP is evidently the perfect match with Malaysia’s development agenda. The Malaysian Government thus initiated the “Sustainable Consumption and Production (‘SCP’) Policy Support Malaysia Project” on 2012.