18 March 2021

Bandar Seri Begawan, 18th March 2021 - The 18th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces' Meeting (ACDFM) was held virtually Thursday at the International Convention Centre, Brunei Darussalam. The meeting was chaired by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander, Major General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat with this year's theme of “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper.”

Also present during the 18th ACDFM were the Joint Force Commander RBAF as the Chairman of the 11th ASEAN Military Operations Meeting (AMOM) and the Director of Intelligence as the Chairman of the 18th ASEAN Military Intelligence Meeting (AMIM).

During the meeting, the ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces adopted the ASEAN Two Year Activity Work-Plan (2021-2023) and issued the 18th ACDFM Joint Statement. Apart from that, Brunei Darussalam tabled a working paper entitled "ASEAN Military Exercise (AMX)" that aims to support ASEAN militaries to enhance regional security, interoperability, and capacities through integrated cooperation. During the 18th ACDFM, the ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces also exchanged views on security issues of mutual concerns', aligning with the meeting's theme.

The meeting concluded with a handover ceremony of the ACDFM Chairmanship to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces as the next Chairman of 19th ACDFM in 2022.

Before the meeting, a series of virtual bilateral meetings were also held between the RBAF Commander and the ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces.