Norway, ASEAN deepen partnership

The formal establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community a year ago has recently made significant steps in the bloc’s development process. The implementation of ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in 2016 has brought about positive outcomes, but many challenges still lie ahead. Initial outcomes The head of the Vietnamese delegation to ASEAN, Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam said the deployment of master plans of politics-security, economics, and culture-society has made positive progress. He noted that 140 out of the 290 actions for the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) Blueprint 2025 have been carried out while socio-cultural-economic matters have reaped productive outcomes. Regarding external relations, in 2016, ASEAN held a special summit with the US, and commemorative summits with Russia and China, during which important statements and blueprints for bilateral cooperation in the future were adopted. Additionally, ASEAN has continued establishing collaborative ties with new partners such as granting a Sectoral Dialogue Partner status to Switzerland and a Development Partner status to Germany, while expanding the Treaty on Amity and Cooperation (TAC) for a number of involved parties like Chile, Egypt, Iran and Morocco. In 2016, ASEAN wrote two crucial documents, including the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 (MPAC) and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) for the third phrase, which were adopted at the 28th ASEAN Summit. After one year of the establishment of the ASEAN Community, the implementation of defense-security, economics and culture – society has had positive movements. In the photo: Leaders of ASEAN member countries…... [read more]

Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam, Head of the Vietnamese delegation to ASEAN (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The formal establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community a year ago has marked a significant stride in the bloc’s development process. The implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in 2016 has brought about positive outcomes, but many challenges still lie ahead.Initial outcomes Head of the Vietnamese delegation to ASEAN, Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam said the deployment of master plans across three pillars of politics-security, economics, and culture-society has made positive progress. He noted that 140 out of the 290 action lines under the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) Blueprint 2025 have been carried out while socio-cultural-economic matters have reaped productive outcomes. Regarding external relations, in 2016, ASEAN held special summit with the US, and commemorative summits with Russia and China, during which important statements and blueprints for bilateral cooperation orientations in the coming time were adopted. Additionally, ASEAN has continued establishing collaborative ties with new partners such as granting the Sectoral Dialogue Partner status to Switzerland and the Development Partner status to Germany, while expanding the Treaty on Amity and Cooperation (TAC) for a number of involved parties like Chile, Egypt, Iran and Morocco. In 2016, ASEAN has built two crucial documents, including the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 (MPAC) and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) for the third phrase, which were adopted at the 28th ASEAN Summit. Difficulties and challenges Nevertheless, in the new development period, ASEAN…... [read more]

Foreign Minister of Norway, Børge Brende. — Photo Thomas Haugersveen Viet Nam News Børge Brende* Over the past generation, the global economic centre of gravity has been moving towards Asia. This economic shift is now accompanied by deepening co-operation in the region. Norway supports this development, and over the past few years we have actively sought to strengthen relations with Asia. Here I would like to outline the main reasons for this, and describe the areas where we see the greatest potential for future co-operation. Norway has made an effort to join some of the most important arenas for political and economic co-operation in Asia. In 2012, we were accepted as a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the principal meeting place for political dialogue between Asia and Europe. ASEM is a valuable and effective arena for political discussions with our Asian and European partners. Then in 2015, Norway gained sectoral dialogue partner status with ASEAN, the first medium sized economy outside the region to do so. One of our main reasons for approaching Asia has been to increase trade and investments. Asia currently accounts for 30 per cent of the global gross domestic product, and the Asian Development Bank estimates that by 2050 this will have increased to over 50 per cent. In countries like India and China, growth has been accompanied by the lifting of hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Vietnam graduated from being one of the poorest countries in the world, to a middle…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway recently said that Norway, as a member of the European Free Trade Association, has given priority to negotiating free trade agreements with a number of Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam. Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway Vietnam graduated from being one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle income country in 2010, he said, adding that trade between Norway and Vietnam has increased by more than 30 percent over the past year. Norway is also supporting Vietnam’s efforts to transform its forest sector and collaborate with neighbouring countries in the Mekong region to reduce deforestation, he revealed. According to the FM, Norway supports the move towards closer regional cooperation in Asia. Over the past few years, it has have actively sought to strengthen relations with the continent. In 2012, Norway was accepted as a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the principal meeting place for political dialogue between Asia and Europe. Then in 2015, the country gained sectoral dialogue partner status with ASEAN, the first medium sized economy outside the region to do so. Moreover, at a time when free trade is under pressure, many countries in Asia are taking laudable steps towards removing trade barriers between them. Norway is a strong supporter of free trade, and we recently gathered over 20 countries in Oslo to move the free trade agenda of the WTO forward, in preparation of the WTO…... [read more]

Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway. (Source: norwegianafrican.no) Hanoi (VNA) – Norway, as a member of the European Free Trade Association, has given priority to negotiating free trade agreements with a number of Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam, said Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway. Vietnam graduated from being one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle income country in 2010, he said, adding that trade between Norway and Vietnam has increased by more than 30 percent over the past year. Norway is also supporting Vietnam’s efforts to transform its forest sector and collaborate with neighbouring countries in the Mekong region to reduce deforestation, he revealed. According to the FM, Norway supports the move towards closer regional cooperation in Asia. Over the past few years, it has have actively sought to strengthen relations with the continent. In 2012, Norway was accepted as a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the principal meeting place for political dialogue between Asia and Europe. Then in 2015, the country gained sectoral dialogue partner status with ASEAN, the first medium sized economy outside the region to do so. Moreover, at a time when free trade is under pressure, many countries in Asia are taking laudable steps towards removing trade barriers between them. Norway is a strong supporter of free trade, and we recently gathered over 20 countries in Oslo to move the free trade agenda of the WTO forward, in preparation of the WTO…... [read more]

Norway supports the move towards closer regional cooperation in Asia Over the past generation, the global economic centre of gravity has been moving towards Asia. This economic shift is now accompanied by deepening cooperation in the region. Norway supports this development, and over the past few years we have actively sought to strengthen relations with Asia. Here I would like to outline the main reasons for this, and describe the areas where we see the greatest potential for future cooperation. Norway has made an effort to join some of the most important arenas for political and economic cooperation in Asia. In 2012, we were accepted as a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the principal meeting place for political dialogue between Asia and Europe. ASEM is a valuable and effective arena for political discussions with our Asian and European partners. Then in 2015, Norway gained sectoral dialogue partner status with ASEAN, the first medium sized economy outside the region to do so. One of our main reasons for approaching Asia has been to increase trade and investments. Asia currently accounts for 30 % of the global gross domestic product, and the Asian Development Bank estimates that by 2050 this will have increased to over 50 %. In countries like India and China, growth has been accompanied by the lifting of hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Vietnam graduated from being one of the poorest countries in the world, to a middle income country in 2010. Moreover, at a…... [read more]

Below is the full text of her article. As Norway and Vietnam today mark the 45-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, we celebrate 45 years of friendship. Our cooperation has grown and evolved through these years, we have supported each other through difficult periods, and found new areas of common interest. Today, we are partners bilaterally, regionally and globally. As we look back on these 45 years, we take pride in close cooperation in areas such as energy, governance, fisheries, oil and gas, environment and climate change, gender equality, sanitation and clean water. We see a healthy and thriving relationship. With Vietnam’s rapid development, new areas of cooperation are being opened up. Vietnam is an increasingly attractive destination for trade and investment. Consequently, the commercial ties between our two countries are growing. Around 50 Norwegian companies are represented in Vietnam. As countries with long coastlines our industries are largely complementary in the marine and maritime sectors. We have a shared interest also in ICT and clean technologies. Earlier this week, Norwegian and Vietnamese businesses and policymakers met in Ho Chi Minh City to explore the opportunities in the ocean industries – the Blue Economy. Norway is a strong maritime nation, an ocean-based energy exporter and the world's second largest seafood exporter. Vietnam is a large seafood producer and a producer of oil and gas. Our countries’ decades long successful cooperation in the fisheries sector have contributed substantially to the development of laws on fisheries and profitable and sustainable…... [read more]

“JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 49th ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING VIENTIANE, 24 JULY 2016 ‘TURNING VISION INTO REALITY FOR A DYNAMIC ASEAN COMMUNITY’ We, the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met on 24 July 2016 at the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the theme “Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community”. His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, chaired the Meeting. ASEAN COMMUNITY BUILDING ASEAN Community Vision 2025 1. With the formal establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015, we resolved to continue deepening and advancing ASEAN community building as well as regional integration. We reaffirmed our commitment to the full and effective implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the three new Blueprints which set out the future direction for a politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible and a truly rules-based, people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community. We also reaffirmed our commitment to the effective implementation of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, to be adopted at the 28th ASEAN Summit, and that these initiatives shall be an integral part of the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together. 2. We reaffirm our shared commitment to maintaining and promoting peace, security and stability in the region, as well as to the peaceful resolution of disputes, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, without resorting to the threat or use of force, in…... [read more]

Foreign ministers at the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting as part of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – The 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting issued a Joint communiqué in Vientiane on July 24. The following is the full text of the joint communiqué. “JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 49th ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING VIENTIANE, 24 JULY 2016 ‘TURNING VISION INTO REALITY FOR A DYNAMIC ASEAN COMMUNITY’ We, the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met on 24 July 2016 at the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the theme “Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community”. His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, chaired the Meeting. ASEAN COMMUNITY BUILDING ASEAN Community Vision 2025 1. With the formal establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015, we resolved to continue deepening and advancing ASEAN community building as well as regional integration. We reaffirmed our commitment to the full and effective implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the three new Blueprints which set out the future direction for a politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible and a truly rules-based, people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community. We also reaffirmed our commitment to the effective implementation of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, to be adopted at the 28th ASEAN Summit, and that these initiatives shall be an integral part of the…... [read more]

At the meeting (Source: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) - The 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 49) took place in Laos’s capital city of Vientiane on July 24 with the participation of 10 Foreign Ministers from ASEAN member countries and the ASEAN Secretary General. The Vietnamese delegation to the meeting was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Themed “ Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community” , the ministers discussed five major contents, including measures to strengthen solidarity, unity and the central role of ASEAN; implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025; cooperation between ASEAN and partners as well as regional and international situation. The foreign ministers stressed that the bloc should give top priority to strengthening solidarity and unity as it is the prerequisite for the success of ASEAN Community building process, a foundation for ASEAN to assert and prove its role, responsibility and voice in dealing with strategic issues relating to peace, security and regional stability, helping to enhance the bloc’s image and prestige. They also lauded the progress in both three pillars in the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, as well as in carrying out the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint 2025, with 140 out of the total 290 action lines underway, including the establishment of the Military Medicine Centre and the organisation of maneuvers on natural disaster aid, maritime security, anti-terrorism and peace-keeping under the framework of the ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Plus (ADMM+). Regarding economic affairs, the meeting applauded…... [read more]




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