PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc greets ASEAN Secretary-General

 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shakes hands with ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh (Source: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 18 received ASEAN Secretary-General
Le Luong Minh and President of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and
East Asia (ERIA) Hidetoshi Nishimura, who are in Hanoi for a talk on measures
to boost intra-bloc links.

The PM hailed contributions of the ASEAN Secretariat, especially those made by ASEAN
Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.

Among initiatives and cooperative programmes of the bloc, Vietnam is
particularly interested in implementing an Initiative for ASEAN Integration and
a Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, he stressed.  

The group needs to strongly promote its role and strengths, contributing to
building a better world, he said, affirming that Vietnam will continue to be a
responsible member in realising ASEAN’s common goals as well as in solving challenges
in the development process of the group.

ASEAN and Vietnam should work closely in seeking ways to lift the trade
turnover between the two sides, he stressed.

The PM affirmed that with many free trade agreements have been signed and some
are under negotiations, Vietnam is willing to serve as a bridge for ASEAN, an
important market in the region and the world.

He
also underlined the importance of the intra-bloc connectivity and expressed his
hope that connection among the ASEAN member nations will be maintained and
enhanced in order to overcome challenges based on the principle of consensus.

The PM hailed the ERIA’s scientific research outcomes contribute to promoting ASEAN’s
development in the context of regional and global integration.

Le Luong Minh said 2017 is important for ASEAN and Vietnam as the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN and 22 years since Vietnam officially joined the
bloc will be celebrated.

He praised Vietnam’s efforts in integrating
globally, expanding markets, and promoting investment links and
people-to-people exchanges.

Vietnam has made active and crucial contributions to building the ASEAN
Community, as well as stepping up cooperation between ASEAN and big economies
worldwide, he said.

Minh also pointed out difficulties and challenges facing the bloc, saying that
the talk themed “ASEAN’s 50 years: ASEAN Economic Community and opportunities
for Vietnamese business circle” aims to seek solutions to these.

Meanwhile,
ERIA President Hidetoshi Nishimura pledged to continue supporting Vietnam in
the process of regional and international integration, towards upholding Vietnam’s
role and position in the ASEAN Community.-VNA



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