ASEAN Cultural Day opens in Vinh Phuc

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]

The French-speaking university summit was co-sponsored by the Association of French-speaking Universities (AUF) and Hue University as a curtain raiser for a series of activities celebrating the AUF’s 50th founding anniversary early next year. Prof. Michael Ferrier from Chuo University of Japan recommended a diversity of languages in tertiary education with a focus on French as “a door open to the world” for university students. Numerous initiatives were raised at the meeting to strengthen alliance among member universities such as holding annual meetings for leaders of member universities, increasing projects in support of tertiary education, providing consultancy for major projects, exchange of experiences among members and seeking partners. Vietnam emphasized that need for strong commitments by members to young generations in order to provide fresh impetus for the bloc’s university system, scholarship programmes and IT training. It also pledged to diversify its language training programme in tertiary education while providing good conditions for students to study and improve French. The AUF was founded in 1961 and its worldwide network now consists of 759 universities and research centres in 90 countries.... [read more]

Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan and Cambodian Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Hang Chuon Naron were agreed to support overseas students, the development of their training programmes and the evaluation system for education quality. They said closer cooperation in education and vocational training will benefit each country’s people and contribute to strengthening understanding, traditional friendship and solidarity between the two nations. Luan, in his capacity as Chairman of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Council asked for Cambodia’s engagement in the council’s activities to raise the quality of education and personnel training. He expressed his willingness to help the country set up its SEAMEO centres to make it easier for educational cooperative activities between regional countries, moving towards establishing an ASEAN Community in 2015. Minister Hang Chuon Naron said over the past years the Cambodian Government has paid special attention to the education sector, noting that reform programmes have been carried out at several levels. He accepted an invitation to attend the council’s upcoming conferences and aceremony to mark its 50th founding anniversary. During his stay, Minister Luan visited the Royal University of Phnom Penh and met with overseas Vietnamese students and Vietnamese Embassy staff.... [read more]

Mr Dung led a Vietnamese delegation to attend celebrations of the 80th birthday of President Fidel Castro and the 50th founding anniversary of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces. He expressed his admiration for Cuba's international proletarian spirit and generosity in providing assistance to Vietnam and other countries around the world. On behalf of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, Mr Dung expressed gratitude to the Cuban people, especially President Fidel Castro, for supporting and assisting Vietnam in the past resistance wars as well as in the current process of national construction and defence. The seminar drew the participation of 80 countries from around the world.... [read more]

State President Nguyen Minh Triet made this remark at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on December 19 of almost 200 delegates who are former members of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NFLSV) and agencies of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam (PRGRSV). The president expressed gratitude to the fallen combatants, war invalids and people from all walks of life, who had sacrificed for the Fatherland’s independence and freedom. President Triet stressed that the NFLSV, PRGRSV and the alliance of pro-nation, democracy and peace forces played an extremely important role and contributed greatly to the struggle for the liberation of the South. The voice and the flag of NFLSV gathered and united people from all walks of life, all social classes in the resistance war against the US aggressors to regain national independence, he said. Many participants brought back memories and stories of historical witnesses, including Nguyen Thi Binh, who once held the positions of Vice State President, member of the NFLSV Central Committee and Foreign Minister of the PRGRSV; Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Thoi Bung, former Deputy of National Defence; Le Hieu Dang, former Deputy Secretary General of the alliance of pro-nation, democracy and peace forces; and Buddhist nun Thich Nu Ngoat Lien. The function was co-hosted by the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee and the VFF HCM City Chapter and aimed to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of NFLSV, which falls on December 20.... [read more]

Deputy Foreign Minister (FM) Pham Binh Minh led a Vietnamese delegation to participate in the 16th NAM Ministerial Meeting and a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of NAM in Bali, Indonesia from May 24-27. Deputy FM Minh highlighted the results of the meeting in this interview: Reporter: What is your assessment of NAM’s role and contributions, as well as its challenges over the past five decades? Mr Minh: Founded in September 1969 in an attempt to thwart the Cold War and protect world peace, the Non-Aligned Movement is a group of developing countries that actively support struggles for national independence, peace and a new international economic order. The organisation’s principles and goals have become standards recognised by many countries around the world with a focus on respecting sovereignty, strengthening friendships, dealing with international disputes peacefully in line with international laws, and not intervening in internalaffairs. However, NAM has had to facewith challenges posed by hostile forces aiming to weaken the movement. Since the 14th meeting in Havana, Cuba in 2006, NAM member countries have reaffirmed the movement’s basic principles and goals and established orientations for the future. They have strengthened solidarity and cooperation, especially in economics, culture and health care, through regular attendance at multilateral forums. NAM member countries, together with developing nations, have been creating a common standpoint on global issues relating to peace, security and development. The Non-Aligned Movement has increased it membership from 108 countries in 1992 to 120 today, showing its vitality and attractiveness. Two…... [read more]

The festival, lasting through the 15th day of the first lunar month (March 3), aims to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Writers’ Association in 2007; honour the country's great poets and provide an opportunity for young talented poets to share their works with the public. On the occasion, a sole collection of poems written on "giay do" (poonah paper) has been auctioned for a record price of VND250.5 million. The first ever 20kg collection comprises more than 100 poems written by Vietnamese poets since 1930. The money will be transferred to the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin on the "Nguyen Tieu" festival on March 3 the 15th day of the first lunar month at the Sai Gon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. VOVNews/VNA... [read more]

Rome (VNA) – The ASEAN needs to strengthen its position and role in Italy in the coming time, stated Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Cao Chinh Thien. He made the statement at a ceremony in Rome on January 12, when he assumed the chairman role of the ASEAN Committee in Rome (ACR), handed over by Philippine Ambassador to Italy Domingo P. Nolasco. In his speech, the Vietnamese diplomat expressed his honour to undertake the responsibility and his appreciation of support from other ACR members. Thien said he is committed to promoting the ASEAN image in the European nation and enhancing the ties between ASEAN and Italy as well as between each ASEAN member country and Italy. He noted 2017 marks ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, adding that the context lays stress on ACR’s communications activities to raise awareness about ASEAN. Founded in August 2011, the ACR comprises the Ambassadors of Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand. ARC members take turn to hold the chairmanship every six months.-VNA... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - The Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated that Vietnam had a successful year in 2016`s diplomacy, with its political stability and development potential continually spotlighted and its relations and diverse cooperation with other countries and partners deepened. President Tran Dai Quang welcomed US President Obama in May, 2016 At a regular press conference of the ministry in Hanoi on January 12, Binh noted that last year, Vietnam welcomed nearly 30 heads of state. Important events were organized, including the seventh Ayeyawady-Chao Phreaya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit, the eighth Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit, and the first World Economic Forum on Mekong Region, he said. At the same time, Vietnam promoted its active role in building the ASEAN Community, while showing strong performance as a member of UN agencies such as the Human Rights Council, Socio-Economic Council, and UNESCO Executive Board. The first time, a representative of Vietnam was elected to the UN International Law Commission, he highlighted. Vietnam has set up strategic partnership with 15 countries and comprehensive partnership with 10 countries, including all world powers and the five members of the UN Security Council. With the conclusion and continuous negotiations of 16 free trade agreements, Vietnam has enforced free trade deals with 60 partners that hold 90 percent of the world’s GDP and 80 percent of global trade, said Binh. He underlined that last year, the Foreign Ministry also took a number of measures to call for the support of international friends and the Vietnamese community abroad…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam had a successful year in diplomacy in 2016, with its political stability and development potential continually spotlighted and its relations and diverse cooperation with other countries and partners deepened, stated the Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Hai Binh. At a regular press conference of the ministry in Hanoi on January 12, Binh noted that last year, Vietnam welcomed nearly 30 heads of state. Important events were organized, including the seventh Ayeyawady-Chao Phreaya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit, the eighth Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit, and the first World Economic Forum on Mekong Region, he said. At the same time, Vietnam promoted its active role in building the ASEAN Community, while showing strong performance as a member of UN agencies such as the Human Rights Council, Socio-Economic Council, and UNESCO Executive Board. The first time, a representative of Vietnam was elected to the UN International Law Commission, he highlighted. Vietnam has set up strategic partnership with 15 countries and comprehensive partnership with 10 countries, including all world powers and the five members of the UN Security Council. With the conclusion and continuous negotiations of 16 free trade agreements, Vietnam has enforced free trade deals with 60 partners that hold 90 percent of the world’s GDP and 80 percent of global trade, said Binh. He underlined that last year, the Foreign Ministry also took a number of measures to call for the support of international friends and the Vietnamese community abroad to the country’s reform, international integration and development. The ministry also…... [read more]




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