Despite the pandemic situation in the Czech Republic, the ASEAN Committee in Prague (ACP) has been actively participating with the activities of the local community to support the underprivileged and to join the fight against COVID-19. The Committee also cooperates with local authorities and the private sector on a regular basis.
On 26 April 2021, the ACP, comprising of ASEAN Ambassadors to the Czech Republic; namely, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Chargé d’affaires of Myanmar and the Counsellor of Malaysia, jointly donated food and necessary products to support the work of the Czech Federation of Food Banks to reduce hunger and malnutrition and promote the well-being of the underprivileged. Ms. Veronika Láchová, Director of the Czech Federation of Food Banks, together with Mr. Rostislav Ráček, Project Manager and Ms. Dana Růžičková, Director of the Logistics Center in Prague, welcomed the ACP and conveyed the Food Bank’s appreciation for the donation. The Czech Federation of Food Banks, established in 2005, is a non-profit organization which has an active role in helping the underprivileged such as seniors, homeless, disabled, and single fathers/mothers.
Additionally, on 11 May 2021, the ACP contributed 1,500 FFP2 respirators to support the work of the Municipality Office of Prague 6 in order to jointly fight the spread of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic. The Indonesian Ambassador, as the Chairperson of the ACP, signed on the same day the contribution agreement with Mr. Ondrej Kolár, Mayor of Prague 6, with all ASEAN Ambassadors and Chargé d’affaires presented as witnesses. According to the Chairperson of the ACP “the contribution represents Committee’s commitment to help breaking the chain of spreading the corona virus so that the pandemic could end soon”.