Laos holds mini-marathon to celebrate 50th ASEAN anniversary

Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – The museum of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on August 8 jointly held a photo exhibition to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The exhibition, which will run until September 30, features 120 photos introducing the establishment and development of the association, along with the socio-economic achievements as well as national cultural identity of Vietnam in the ASEAN community. Via the lens of VNA reporters, important events throughout ASEAN’s five-decade development are highlighted, including the first ASEAN Environment Forum in Hanoi in September 1999, the opening of the Conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information in October 2000 in Hanoi and the 34th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi in July 2001. Director of the Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Viet Phuong said that the event is part of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and 72 years of the August Revolution (August 19), and the National Day (September 2). Also on August 8, Can Tho also launched another photo exhibition themed “Sen village – Uncle Ho’s Homeland” showcasing 120 photos on the place where President Ho Chi Minh was born and grew up, as well as the late leader’s visits to his homeland. Within the framework of the event, the Can Tho Museum also coordinated with the An Giang Museum to …... [read more]

A flag-raising ceremony was held in Vientiane on August 11 in celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 20 years of Laos’ engagement in the bloc. Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith said August 8 is a significant and historical day to all ASEAN member nations as it marks the development of a regional organisation, which was established to strengthen cooperation in the spirit of equality, building peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region and beyond. Despite difficulties and challenges over the past 50 years, ASEAN has gradually evolved and gained solid achievements to become an organisation connecting regional countries, which was recognised by the international community, he said. Being an official member of ASEAN from 1997, Laos has made active contributions to the building of the ASEAN Community, bringing pragmatic benefits to Laos and ASEAN in general, he added. He took this occasion to thank ASEAN partner and dialogue countries to support and cooperate with the bloc over the past five decades. The diplomat hoped the involved parties will continue upholding the spirit of cooperation and friendship to build peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region and around the world. Established in 1967, the 10-member ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. By VNA/VNP ... [read more]

Laos marks ASEAN founding anniversary (Illustrative image. Source: internet)​ Vientiane (VNA) – A flag-raising ceremony was held in Vientiane on August 11 in celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 20 years of Laos’ engagement in the bloc. Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith said August 8 is a significant and historical day to all ASEAN member nations as it marks the development of a regional organisation, which was established to strengthen cooperation in the spirit of equality, building peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region and beyond. Despite difficulties and challenges over the past 50 years, ASEAN has gradually evolved and gained solid achievements to become an organisation connecting regional countries, which was recognised by the international community, he said. Being an official member of ASEAN from 1997, Laos has made active contributions to the building of the ASEAN Community, bringing pragmatic benefits to Laos and ASEAN in general, he added. He took this occasion to thank ASEAN partner and dialogue countries to support and cooperate with the bloc over the past five decades. The diplomat hoped the involved parties will continue upholding the spirit of cooperation and friendship to build peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region and around the world. Established in 1967, the 10-member ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.-VNA... [read more]

NDO - Nhan Dan is introducing interviews with diplomats concerning the role of ASEAN and relations between ASEAN and its partners on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong: Bringing China-ASEAN relations to a new level Over the past 50 years, ASEAN has pursued independent, neutral and non-aligned foreign policy and has endeavoured to strengthen intra-regional solidarity and resolve regional disputes. ASEAN has sought to promote the Southeast Asia region from instability to stability, from antagonism to cooperation, from poverty to prosperity, thus becoming a model of cohesion and self-reliance among nations not of the same social regime and developmental status. In addition, the ASEAN Community was officially established in 2015. Amid the slow global economic recovery and the stronger "subterranean wave" of anti-globalisation, the strong development of ASEAN brings about positive energy to the process of regional integration and globalisation. ASEAN has established its central role in East Asian regional cooperation. ASEAN countries, China and other international and regional organisations have established dialogue partnerships and gradually formed a network of East Asian cooperation with the nucleus of ASEAN. Many regional cooperation mechanisms such as ASEAN+3, East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum and others have developed strongly and have promoted each other. As an important member of ASEAN, Vietnam has great development prospects. China always supports the process of building and connecting the ASEAN Community and hopes that the Vietnamese side will make positive and constructive…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – A workshop focusing on the 50-year history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held in Tokyo, Japan on August 8, on the occasion of the bloc’s jubilee anniversary. The event, jointly organised by the ASEAN Japan Centre (AJC) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN (ERIC), was attended by the ambassadors and embassy representatives of the ten ASEAN nations and its dialogue partners, alongside 300 delegates of the government and academic and business circles in Japan. Opening the workshop, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong, who is also Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Tokyo, described the event as one of a number of significant activities to mark the ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. From the first five founding members, the bloc has continuously overcome difficulties and challenges, maintaining its solidarity in diversity, and has grown into the ASEAN Community with 10 member nations, with open external relations. The ambassador noted that while the ASEAN Community has become a model for successful regional cooperation, it is also facing challenges in the context of rapid changes within the region and across the globe, along with the ongoing fourth Industrial Revolution 4.0. He affirmed that Japan is one of the leading and closest partners of ASEAN. At the event, participants analysed the achievements and challenges of ASEAN, and envisioned the prospects for the growing relationship between Japan and ASEAN in the next decades.... [read more]

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong speaks at the event (Source: VOV) Tokyo (VNA) – A workshop focusing on the 50-year history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held in Tokyo, Japan on August 8 on the occasion of the bloc’s jubilee anniversary. The event, jointly organised by the ASEAN Japan Centre (AJC) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN (ERIC), was attended by ambassadors and embassy representatives of the ten ASEAN nations and its dialogue partners, and 300 delegates of the government, academic and business circles in Japan. Opening the workshop, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong, who is also Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Tokyo, described the event as one of the significant activities to mark the ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. From the first five founding members, the bloc has continuously, overcome difficulties and challenges, maintained its solidarity in diversity, and grown into the ASEAN Community with 10 member nations, with open external relations. The ambassador noted that while ASEAN Community has become a model for successful regional cooperation, it is also facing challenges in the context of fast changes in the region and the world, along with the ongoing fourth Industrial Revolution 4.0. He affirmed that Japan is one of the leading and closest partners of ASEAN. At the event, participants analysed the achievements and challenges of ASEAN, and envisioned the prospects for the growing relationship between Japan and ASEAN in the next decades.-VNA... [read more]

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Tran Quoc Hai (first, right) and other ambassadors at the ceremony (Source: VNA)     Hanoi (VNA) – The 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was observed across the world on August 8 with the participation of diplomats from ASEAN member states. The Patousai Arch of Laos was lit up on August 8 to mark ASEAN’s 50th birthday and 20 years since the country joined the ten-member group, attracting 200 officials in charge of ASEAN affairs of Lao ministries and agencies and representatives of embassies in Laos, among others. This is part of the ASEAN Landmark Lighting event, an initiative of the Philippines - ASEAN Chair 2017 - aiming to raise public awareness of ASEAN.  Major sites in ASEAN member countries were lit up red, blue and yellow or decorated with the bloc’s icon. Addressing the lighting ceremony, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Alounkeo Kittikhoun said ASEAN has focused on intensifying regional connectivity and building the ASEAN Community, which officially took shape on December 31, 2015. At the same time, ASEAN has stepped up ties with foreign countries and expanded dialogues with world powers through ASEAN-initiated mechanisms, helping enhance mutual understanding and strategic trust, and create peace, stability and cooperation, for the development of the region and the world, he said. The minister said over the past two decades, ASEAN has become an important pillar in Laos’…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – A workshop focusing on the 50-year history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held in Tokyo, Japan on August 8, on the occasion of the bloc’s jubilee anniversary. The event, jointly organised by the ASEAN Japan Centre (AJC) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN (ERIC), was attended by the ambassadors and embassy representatives of the ten ASEAN nations and its dialogue partners, alongside 300 delegates of the government and academic and business circles in Japan. Opening the workshop, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong, who is also Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Tokyo, described the event as one of a number of significant activities to mark the ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. From the first five founding members, the bloc has continuously overcome difficulties and challenges, maintaining its solidarity in diversity, and has grown into the ASEAN Community with 10 member nations, with open external relations. The ambassador noted that while the ASEAN Community has become a model for successful regional cooperation, it is also facing challenges in the context of rapid changes within the region and across the globe, along with the ongoing fourth Industrial Revolution 4.0. He affirmed that Japan is one of the leading and closest partners of ASEAN. At the event, participants analysed the achievements and challenges of ASEAN, and envisioned the prospects for the growing relationship between Japan and ASEAN in the next decades.... [read more]

The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to the event. browser not support iframe. With the theme “Under one light, we are one ASEAN”, the ceremony included a series of performances praising the friendship and solidarity of the 10 member states. In his message delivered at the ceremony, Duterte reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN over the past five decades, hoping the community will continue growing sustainably. In the period, the role and position of ASEAN have been asserted firmly, which is reflected through the strength of the ASEAN Community, the close connectivity in politics, economics and culture among the members, and development in relations between ASEAN and its partners as well as countries’ support for ASEAN’s central role in regional processes. He also stressed the need for ASEAN to promote its activeness and connectivity in order to better adapt to new developments in the region and the world. ASEAN founding anniversary marked in South Africa The ASEAN Pretoria Committee (APC) held a ceremony in the capital city of Pretoria on August 8 to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the association (August 8, 1967). The event was jointly organised by embassies of ASEAN countries in South Africa, namely Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa Suprapto Martosetomo, who is currently President of the APC, reviewed the establishment and development of ASEAN over the past five decades. He noted that from the first five members, ASEAN…... [read more]

Ladies, gentlemen and friends - citizens of the ASEAN Community, On August 8, 2017, we, the 630 million people of Southeast Asia, will officially welcome the “golden” time marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment and development of ASEAN. From the first five member states, ASEAN has grown to be a community with 10 member states that mastered its own destiny and become increasingly politically mature and economically steady with more improved institutions and more cohesive relations. Together, we are proud of the ASEAN common house - a very successful model of regional connectivity. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA Through historical upheavals, ASEAN has turned Southeast Asia from confrontation to dialogue, from suspicion to cooperation, from division to solidarity with the highlight being the establishment of the ASEAN Community. Today, a peaceful, secured, stable and developed Southeast Asia is a highlight on a world map with instability. The ASEAN Community is ranked sixth in the world with a GDP reaching nearly 3,000 billion dollars annually. Also, ASEAN is a combination of diverse cultures, rich in identity and has solidarity among people living in peace, with secured social welfare and improved living standards. In its external affairs, including interaction with world powers, ASEAN is proactive in dialogue and cooperation, and is a force leading other regional mechanisms and…... [read more]




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