Chile, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand, and Singapore have issued the following joint statement, affirming their commitment to guaranteeing supply chain connectivity in the COVID-19 situation.
COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis. As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, New Zealand and Singapore are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We will also work closely to identify and address trade disruptions with ramifications on the flow of necessities.
We recognize that it is in our mutual interest to ensure that trade lines remain open, including via air and sea freight, to facilitate the flow of goods including essential supplies.
We affirm the importance of refraining from the imposition of export controls or tariffs and non-tariff barriers and of removing any existing trade-restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, at this time.
We are committed to working with all like-minded countries to ensure that trade continues to flow unimpeded and that critical infrastructure such as our air and seaports remain open to support the viability and integrity of supply chains globally.
• Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment, Australia, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
• Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II, Brunei Darussalam, Hon Dato Dr Amin Liew Abdullah
• Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Canada, Hon Mary Ng
• Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile, Teodoro Ribera
• Union Minister of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H. E. Thaung Tun
• Minister for Trade and Export Growth, New Zealand, Hon David Parker
• Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, Hon Chan Chun Sing