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  Vietnam pledges to promote investment in women (Source: VNA)   Manila (VNA) – The Government of Vietnam has attached importance to and implemented numerous concrete measures to promote gender equality and women empowerment, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said at a seminar in the Philippines on August 6. The seminar on Investing in Women Initiative, part of the activities of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50), was chaired by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and attended by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and representatives of female entrepreneurs from Australia, and other ASEAN nations. Minh welcomed and highly valued the pioneering role of the Government of Australia in promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the region. Support for the participation and enhancement of women role at micro-, small- & medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) is an effective way to give more power to women in socio-economic development while boosting the sustainable growth and development of MSMEs, contributing to the development of prosperity of nations, Minh affirmed. The Investing in Women programme is an initiative of the Australian government, worth 46 million AUD. It aims to empower women in socio-economic activities in Asian – Pacific nations. The programme provides financial assistance for MSMEs, develops legal framework, and establish female entrepreneur’s alliance, thus creating a favourable condition, job opportunities, and enhancing the role and participation of women in socio-economic development. It also aims to create more education opportunities for girls.-VNA... [read more]

Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has requested Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry to investigate and clarify reports that an Indonesian naval ship shot and wounded two Vietnamese fishermen last week. Minh made the request during a phone call with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Friday, underlining that the shooting was a serious incident that did not match the current soundly-developing strategic partnership between the two countries. The Vietnamese deputy premier said Vietnam is deeply concerned about this incident and called on the Indonesian side to promptly verify and investigate the case. Indonesia should also inform Vietnam about the investigation result and avoid repeating similar actions in the future, Minh pressed. The Vietnamese fishing boat in question is coded BD 31153 TS, registered in the south-central province of Binh Dinh. The Consular Department under the Vietnamese foreign ministry said on July 25 that the BD 31153 TS was pursued and shot at by a foreign ship while they was docking in Con Dao Port in southern Vietnam on July 23, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The shooting left two Vietnamese fishermen wounded. Both of them have been taken to hospital for treatment, the Vietnam News Agency said. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

Vietnam's foreign minister has asked his Indonesian counterpart to investigate and clarify reports that the Indonesian navy shot and wounded two Vietnamese fishermen in the East Sea, the Vietnamese reference for the South China Sea. Pham Binh Minh, who is also Vietnam's deputy prime minister, told Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi by telephone on Friday that the reported incident was "very serious ... and not appropriate with the strategic partnership relationship between Vietnam and Indonesia," the Vietnamese foreign ministry said in a statement. "Vietnam is deeply concerned about this incident and requests that Indonesia quickly investigate and clarify the incident and inform Vietnam of the results and to stop repeating similar acts," Minh was quoted as saying. A foreign ship allegedly fired at a Vietnamese fishing boat from the central province of Binh Dinh last Saturday, about 132 nautical miles (245 km) southeast of Vietnam's Con Dao Island. Two of the fishermen on the Vietnamese boat were seriously injured by the shooting and were flown to a major hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday for treatment. Indonesia has denied claims that its navy was responsible for the shooting. Vietnam has, however, identified the ship as the Indonesian navy ship, according to its foreign ministry. China claims almost 90 percent of the potentially energy rich South China Sea despite competing claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Although Indonesia says it is not a party to the dispute, it recently renamed the northern reaches of its…... [read more]

Peace, stability, security, and maritime safety in the East Sea are common concerns of ASEAN members and others in the region and the world at large. Realising the importance of East Sea issues, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa started a round of shuttle diplomacy to regional countries last week to lay the groundwork for the bloc’s joint statement. In an international press briefing in Phnom Penh on July 20, Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong announced ASEAN’s six-point principles on the East Sea. The Foreign Ministers reaffirmed ASEAN members’ commitment to the 6 principles including the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea; the full respect of the universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; continued exercise of self-restraint and non-use of force by all parties; and peaceful resolution of disputes, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said ‘The ASEAN Foreign Ministers are determined to intensify ASEAN consultations in the advancement of the above principles, consistent with the 1976 Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia and the 2008 ASEAN Charter’. The announcement of a joint communiqué has dispelled a suspicion of differences among the members that has lingered since the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting concluded a week ago without releasing a joint communiqué. ASEAN now appears united…... [read more]

P. P. Tobing, special envoy of the Indonesian Foreign Minister said at a meeting with Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi on July 2. Deputy FM Minh affirmed Vietnam’s active support for Asian-African cooperation within the framework of the NAASP. He praised Indonesia’s initiative to organise the ministerial meeting on Capacity Building for Palestine, the first meeting on assisting Palestine under the framework of NAASP. He added that Vietnam consistently supports the just struggle of the Palestinian people for basic national rights, including the right to self-determination and the right to set up an independent Palestinian state. Apart from showing strong political support, Vietnam has given material assistance to Palestine since 1968. At the upcoming meeting, Vietnam will continue to help Palestine within its capacity.... [read more]

Vietnam’s success in organising the ASEAN was shown in three respects. Firstly, ASEAN members expressed a broad consensus on the theme for ASEAN in 2010: “Towards an ASEAN Community: from Vision to Action”. The theme is suitable for ASEAN in the context that the bloc is drawing up plans for building an ASEAN community by 2015. In 2010, ASEAN will focus on boosting regional solidarity, effectively implementing the charter and roadmap to build the ASEAN Community, strengthening relations with its partners, encouraging cooperation to cope with climate change, natural disasters and diseases as well as raising the bloc’s status and role in the International arena. At the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat, the Ministers exchanged their views on the direction ASEAN should take in 2010 with two major issues: ASEAN Community Building and ASEAN’s External Relations. The Ministers discussed measures to boost ASEAN’s partnerships with its partners, including the holding of various ASEAN summits with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, and Second Summit between ASEAN and Russia, Second Summit between ASEAN and the US. Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa, Secretary General of the Malaysian Foreign Ministry and head of the Malaysian delegation praised Vietnam’s thorough preparations to make ASEAN meetings successful by putting many topics of mutual concern on the table. The foreign ministers also hailed Vietnam’s organisational activities in every area including logistics. The Indonesian Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa, said that Vietnam has entered its second week of taking over the ASEAN Chair and with the successful organisation…... [read more]

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told reporters on the sidelines of the 17th ASEAN Summit and related meetings on October 28. Indonesia will take over the ASEAN Chairmanship from Vietnam next year, and the country will continue to deploy initiatives and proposals put forward at the 17th Summit, the FM said. As a result, the Indonesian government will create opportunities to enhance cooperation in achieving ASEAN’s vision and successfully building an ASEAN Community by 2015, Mr. Natalegawa said. The Indonesian diplomat described the participation of the US and Russia at the East Asia Summit (EAS) as “dynamic equilibrium” with ASEAN acting as the hub. According to FM Natalegawa, “Connectivity in ASEAN is a prerequisite, a requirement before having a wider connectivity”. There are more than 700 projects in ASEAN to promote internal connectivity as well as projects to boost regional connectivity within the EAS, he said. He also emphasised that ASEAN must not lose its leadership in the face of increased participation of powerful countries in the region.... [read more]

Deputy Permanent Vietnamese Representative to ASEAN Nguyen Duc Thang handed over the CPR symbol to Indonesia’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador I Gede Ngurah Swajaya. At the ceremony, the ASEAN Secretary General and the Indonesian Foreign Minister pressed the button to launch the CPR portal 2011. ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan stressed the achievements made by the group in 2010 under Vietnam’s chairmanship and praised Indonesia for its preparations and determination as ASEAN Chair 2011, which he said is shown in its slogan “ASEAN Community in Global Community of Nations”. Surin Pitsuwan also spoke highly of the Indonesian leadership as ASEAN Chair 2011 to further ensure ASEAN’s central role in the evolving regional architecture, and impose ASEAN’s position not only in the region but also in the world by practically contributing to solving common concerns in the world. Vietnam Plus... [read more]

Foreign Ministers from 10 ASEAN member countries and 10 partners are attending the forum including representatives from China, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the European Union, India and Russia, as well as delegates from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The forum, chaired by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, aims to prepare for the East Asia Summit and other related meetings scheduled to take place in Indonesia in November 2011. The ARF 18 is happening when ASEAN member countries are making efforts to build the ASEAN Community for 2015 based on the three pillars - on security community, economic community, and socio-cultural community - with a view to raising the region’s position on the international arena and expanding external relations. ASEAN member nations are currently facing numerous challenges that require stronger regional and international cooperation. This forum is expected to provide an opportunity for ASEAN and participating countries to share their views on politics and security and work out measures to overcome challenges to ensuring peace, security, stability and sustainable development in the region and the world. Participants at the event will focus their discussions on issues related to global development, as well as the ARF’s future orientations and role in strengthening the regional bloc and creating closer links between governments and regional organisations. They also touched upon other matters such as maritime security, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and preventing terrorism…... [read more]

Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Phuong Nga has made the statement at the second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) in Jakarta on March 1. Nga clearly stated that Vietnam supports all regional and global efforts to seek a comprehensive, fair and sustainable solution to the Israeli-Arabian/Palestinian conflict in harmony with the United Nations’ Resolutions, ensuring legitimate interests of all parties concerned for peace and stability in the region. Chairing the event, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in his keynote remarks that the CEAPAD follows the United Nations’ January declaration of 2014 as an International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Co-chairing the conference, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said CEAPAD is a key part of the Middle East peace process, stressing that it is time CEAPAD moves “from discussion to action to realise its goals.” Participants focused on discussing concrete capacity-building programmes to be utilised in Palestine. After the two-day talks, they adopted the Joint Declaration “East Asia Partnership for Palestine” which will provide a platform to facilitate Middle East peace and work out a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine on the basis of UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. As part of the event, Nga also met with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad mal-Maliki to discuss ways to further multifaceted cooperation between Palestine and Vietnam. On the fringes of the event, the CEAPAD business forum and trade exhibition also took place on March 1-2 to assist Palestinian firms, especially private ones.…... [read more]

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