Ambassador highlights ASEAN’s achievements

In the article, Deputy PM Minh recalled the formation of ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines as its founding members.  “ASEAN was born to create a firm foundation for common actions in order to enhance cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership, contributing to peace and progress in the region,” he wrote.  After admitting Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, ASEAN now brings together ten members. The first ASEAN Summit in 1976 demonstrated the group’s greater attention and stronger political commitments to regional cooperation.  The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which was established in 1992 as the outcome of the first 25 years of economic cooperation of the group, has created an important foundation for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community.  Formed in 1994 in the spirit of promoting peace and security through dialogue and cooperation in Asia-Pacific, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) initiated dialogue and consultation mechanisms on security and political issues in the region, the Deputy PM added.  He also recalled the signing of the ASEAN Charter in 2007, turning ASEAN from a merely cooperation organisation into a legal entity.  Despite close geographical locations, the ASEAN member countries have different political systems, cultures, languages and development levels. However, the gaps have been narrowed and the establishment of the ASEAN Community on December 31,…... [read more]

ASEAN was formed in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 (Source: asean.org)   Hanoi (VNA) – With its goodwill, endeavours, enthusiasm and responsibility, Vietnam has significantly contributed to the common achievements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has written in an article marking the group’s 50th founding anniversary. In the article, Deputy PM Minh recalled the formation of ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines as its founding members. “ASEAN was born to create a firm foundation for common actions in order to enhance cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership, contributing to peace and progress in the region,” he wrote. After admitting Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, ASEAN now brings together ten members. The first ASEAN Summit in 1976 demonstrated the group’s greater attention and stronger political commitments to regional cooperation. The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which was established in 1992 as the outcome of the first 25 years of economic cooperation of the group, has created an important foundation for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community. Formed in 1994 in the spirit of promoting peace and security through dialogue and cooperation in Asia-Pacific, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) initiated dialogue and consultation mechanisms on security and political issues in the region, the…... [read more]

NDO – Eighty students and young professionals from the ten ASEAN countries gathered at a four day workshop which opened in Hanoi on August 1 to discuss the most pressing issues facing economic growth in Southeast Asia. The “Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation: E-Community!” workshop, hosted by the US Mission in Vietnam in collaboration with Kenan Foundation Asia and the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS), aims to give participants core knowledge about the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and its impact on trade and development, as well as enhancing the leadership and soft skills of youth to give them the necessary skills to make a greater impact in their communities. Over 2,200 applications were submitted throughout the region. The participating youth were selected out of the numerous applications for the prestigious workshop based on their outstanding track record and interest in economic engagement at the community, national, and regional levels. Over the next four days, the event will feature expert panel discussions, case study challenges, and several relevant site visits, targeting to inspire and support the youth’s ability to contribute to sustainable economic growth in their communities and in the region. Speaking at the opening ceremony, US Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, stressed the important role of youth relating to regional development, saying that there are nearly 410 million people under 35 in the ASEAN region and they are going to shape policy in their own countries and in the surrounding region in the times…... [read more]

NDO – On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN establishment (August 8, 1967 – 2017), Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh published an article, emphasising the important contributions of Vietnam to the building of a strong ASEAN Community. Fifty years ago, with ‘the aspiration of building a solid foundation for a joint action to promote the regional cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership and contributing to the peace and progress of the region’, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was officially established. During the long and difficult process which was full of many milestones, Vietnam has been proud to be an essential component which has contributed greatly to ASEAN today. The half-century road of ASEAN and historical milestones On August 8, 1967, Foreign Ministers of five Southeast Asian countries signed the Bangkok Declaration which gave birth to ASEAN. The organisation started with only five members including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Phillipines. Brunei was added to ASEANin 1984; meanwhile Vietnam was admitted in 1995, Lao and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999, finally realising the dream of an ASEAN consisting of all ten Southeast Asian countries. The first ASEAN Summit was held in 1976, demonstrating greater interest and stronger political commitment for ASEAN cooperation. The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) was established in 1992 as a fruit of the first 25 years of ASEAN economic cooperation, laying out an important foundation…... [read more]

VietnamWorks, the leading job board recruitment website in Vietnam and a member of the Navigos Group Vietnam, released its Report on Recruitment Demand and Labor Supply in Vietnam in the First Half of 2017 on July 28. Recruitment demand in the first half increased 20 per cent year-on-year and the number of job seekers rose 14 per cent. IT still leads in recruitment demand, but job seekers in the sector satisfied just 50 per cent of demand. IT enterprises are facing a competitive environment in attracting candidates. The market is short of developers in Java, .Net, Mobile, and PHP. There are new programming languages also lacking in developers, such as Ruby on Rails, Golang, and JavaScript, and related frameworks like ReactJS and NodeJs, despite the high salaries on offer. According to latest recruitment demand report from Navigos Search, an executive search service belonging to the Navigos Group, the IT industry, especially Data Technology, will grow rapidly over the next three years. Companies in the industry have high recruitment demand for IT engineers in the data processing field and IT engineers with experience in machine learning, part of the artificial intelligence field. IT companies also face a situation where employees plan to change jobs in the near future. According to the turnover survey for June, 74 per cent of respondents who are IT employees intend to change jobs in the next six months, with just 42 per cent feeling satisfied with their current job. The Advertising/Communications sector is also facing a…... [read more]

Two years after the establishment of the AEC, Vietnamese businesses are doing their best to find a way to gain market share in ASEAN markets. Vietnamese businesses have become more aware now of integration opportunities and challenges brought by the AEC than community. A survey conducted by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry late last year, 1 year after the founding of the AEC, indicated that 47% of domestic enterprises have taken the initiative in finding information about the AEC. But to make full use of AEC’s advantages is not easy. The Vietnam Safe Agricultural Product Export Company is active in several European markets but has only enquired about the ASEAN market.  The company’s director Nguyen Van Tuan said the company wants to make thorough preparations for integration.  “We are studying the policies, mechanisms, and consumption patterns in the ASEAN markets. We need fact finding tours of their supermarkets to know what the locals prefer and whether or not our products can compete. I have visited ASEAN countries but only as a tourist. We are ready to join market study tours,” said Mr Tuan.  Nguyen Khac Son, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Son An Group, said “The AEC provides businesses both challenges and opportunities. If enterprises know how to take advantage of the AEC, they will get much benefit. If they haven’t made careful preparations, they will face many difficulties.  Businesses of ASEAN members produce…... [read more]

Two years after the establishment of the AEC, Vietnamese businesses are doing their best to find a way to gain market share in ASEAN markets. Vietnamese businesses have become more aware now of integration opportunities and challenges brought by the AEC than community. A survey conducted by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry late last year, 1 year after the founding of the AEC, indicated that 47% of domestic enterprises have taken the initiative in finding information about the AEC. But to make full use of AEC’s advantages is not easy. The Vietnam Safe Agricultural Product Export Company is active in several European markets but has only enquired about the ASEAN market.  The company’s director Nguyen Van Tuan said the company wants to make thorough preparations for integration.  “We are studying the policies, mechanisms, and consumption patterns in the ASEAN markets. We need fact finding tours of their supermarkets to know what the locals prefer and whether or not our products can compete. I have visited ASEAN countries but only as a tourist. We are ready to join market study tours,” said Mr Tuan.  Nguyen Khac Son, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Son An Group, said “The AEC provides businesses both challenges and opportunities. If enterprises know how to take advantage of the AEC, they will get much benefit. If they haven’t made careful preparations, they will face many difficulties.  Businesses of ASEAN members produce…... [read more]

Vietnamese businesses have become more aware now of integration opportunities and challenges brought by the AEC. A survey conducted by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry late last year, one year after the founding of the AEC, indicated that 47% of domestic enterprises have taken the initiative in finding information about the AEC. But to make full use of AEC’s advantages is not easy. The Vietnam Safe Agricultural Product Export Company is active in several European markets but has only inquired about the ASEAN market.  Vietnamese businesses are doing their best to find a way to gain market share in ASEAN markets.  The company’s director Nguyen Van Tuan said the company wants to make thorough preparations for integration. “We are studying the policies, mechanisms, and consumption patterns in the ASEAN markets. We need fact-finding tours of their supermarkets to know what the locals prefer and whether or not our products can compete. I have visited ASEAN countries but only as a tourist. We are ready to join market study tours,” said Mr. Tuan. Nguyen Khac Son, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Son An Group, said, “The AEC provides businesses both challenges and opportunities. If enterprises know how to take advantage of the AEC, they will get much benefit. If they haven’t made careful preparations, they will face many difficulties. Businesses of ASEAN members produce similar products, so Vietnamese enterprises must create something that differentiates them…... [read more]

From December 18-21, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pays his official visits to Cambodia, Laos and Thailandat the invitations of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdec Hunsen, Lao Prime Minister Buasone Bouphavanh and Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. Mr Dung’s first official visits as Prime Minister to the three countries are not only courtesy visits, according to ASEAN practice but they are aimed at promoting Vietnam’s relations with neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia.The visits take place at a time when Vietnam’s bilateral cooperative relations with Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, as well as its multilateral cooperation with the ASEAN framework have achieved positive progress. Recently, the three Prime Ministers of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia held their fourth meeting in the central highlands city of Da Lat (Vietnam) to discuss the implementation of the Vietnam-Lao-Cambodia Development Triangle plan. During the December 18-21 visits to Cambodia and Laos, PM Nguyen Tan Dung will discuss with the two countries’ leaders specific measures to implement the reached agreements.Thailand and four other ASEAN countries are implementing an early harvest programme on trade relations with China which will reduce tax rates of some products imported from Vietnam and the Philippines, helping accelerating the process of building the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, five years ahead of schedule as previously planned. Vietnam’s bilateral relations with Cambodia, Laos and Thailand have made significant progress. 2006 is considered a year for Vietnam and Cambodia to strengthen border demarcation and landmark plantation at seven international border gates. The completion of border demarcation and…... [read more]

On the theme of “One ASEAN at the heart of dynamic Asia”, the leaders will also attend separate ASEAN summits with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and India (ASEAN + 1), the ASEAN plus China, Japan and the Republic of Korea summit (ASEAN + 3), the third East Asia summit (EAS – 3) and the ASEAN-EU summit to mark the 30 years of their partnership. The event, the organisation’s most important annual activity, provides a chance for leaders from ASEAN member countries and their dialogue partners to meet, discuss and set out ways towards regional cooperation, as well as strengthening relations between ASEAN and its dialogue partners. The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ASEAN-BIS) will also be held on November 18, 2007 by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council. The Vietnamese delegation, led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, will attend all these meetings. He will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and many other senior leaders from the Government Office and the two ministries. While attending these meetings, Vietnam aims to further develop its role and position, strengthen regional solidarity, shore up the building of a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment, accelerate the group’s inner integration towards an ASEAN Community by 2015, and increase the quality and efficiency of regional cooperation. It expects to make further contributions to expanding and deepening the cooperative ties between ASEAN and its partners, making full use of international assistance…... [read more]




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