Malaysia PM: ASEAN brings stability, prosperity to region

A mini-marathon takes place in Vientiane, Laos to mark the 50th ASEAN anniversary. (Photo: mofa.gov.la) Vientiane (VNA) – Lao senior officials and diplomats from ASEAN nations took part in a mini-marathon at Patuxay Park in Vientiane, Laos on August 12 as part of a series of local events to mark the 50th ASEAN anniversary and the 20th year since Laos became a member of the bloc. The annual mini-marathon was chaired by Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in attendance. In his remarks opening the event, Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith lauded the significance of ASEAN and its achievements over the last 50 years. “ASEAN looks forward with excitement to the next 50 years and beyond of working hand in hand among Member States and with all external partners for peace, stability and prosperity of the ASEAN Community and the world at large”, he said. For Laos, throughout the past two decades of being part of the ASEAN, it has made important contributions to the grouping and has benefited from the ASEAN Community building process and partnership with all ASEAN external partners, the minister noted. Laos will continue to play its part in further strengthening the ASEAN Community and its external relations, he added.-VNA... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9, suggesting that Vietnam and Cambodia should strengthen their solidarity and friendship, and support each other’s legitimate interests amid complicated developments in the regional and global situations. The PM welcomed the Cambodian delegation’s official friendship visit to Vietnam at a time when the two nations are celebrating the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties (June 24), describing it as vivid evidence of their growing relations. First Vice President Nay Pena said his visit conveys a message about the two countries’ sound relations. On behalf of the Cambodian leaders and people, he thanked Vietnam for its wholehearted support to the Cambodian people in the fight against the Pol Pot genocidal regime. He informed about the results of Cambodia’s commune/ward elections last June, in which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a big victory. In recent years, Cambodia has achieved an annual average growth of 7 percent, making it a middle-income country, he said. The Cambodian leader also briefed his host about the outcomes of his earlier talks with Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Tong Thi Phong, during which the two sides shared experience in promoting socio-economic development and parliamentary cooperation. PM Phuc stressed that the…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9, suggesting that Vietnam and Cambodia should strengthen their solidarity and friendship, and support each other’s legitimate interests amid complicated developments in the regional and global situations. The PM welcomed the Cambodian delegation’s official friendship visit to Vietnam at a time when the two nations are celebrating the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties (June 24), describing it as vivid evidence of their growing relations. First Vice President Nay Pena said his visit conveys a message about the two countries’ sound relations. On behalf of the Cambodian leaders and people, he thanked Vietnam for its wholehearted support to the Cambodian people in the fight against the Pol Pot genocidal regime. He informed about the results of Cambodia’s commune/ward elections last June, in which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a big victory. In recent years, Cambodia has achieved an annual average growth of 7 percent, making it a middle-income country, he said. The Cambodian leader also briefed his host about the outcomes of his earlier talks with Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Tong Thi Phong, during which the two sides shared experience in promoting socio-economic development and parliamentary cooperation. PM Phuc stressed that the…... [read more]

After admitting Brunei (1984), Vietnam (1995), Laos and Myanmar (1997), ASEAN included Cambodia in 1999 to form the ten-member bloc. December 31, 2015 was a milestone in the history of ASEAN as the ASEAN Community was established, serving as an important hallmark in the regional connectivity. The ASEAN Community has been the first of its kind formed in Asia.    Overcoming various challenges over the past 50 years, ASEAN has become the most successful regional cooperation bloc. From a five-member association born in the conflicting situation of the Cold War, ASEAN expanded and grew into a close-knit community of ten countries in the Southeast Asian region. From a region of conflicts and tensions, Southeast Asia has become a region of peace, stability and development with the connectivity and cooperation promotion of ASEAN. From countries diversified in various aspects, the ten nations have become members of the unified ASEAN Community, whose practices of dialogue, consensus, and cooperation in dealing with shared problems of the region have increasingly been strengthened. From a sub-regional cooperation mechanism, ASEAN has grown into an association with the “core” and “central” role among cooperation mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific region, gathering the engagement of major powers and other countries in the region and the world as well as other international organizations with high commitments to peace, stability, and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.  These achievements have not only demonstrated the righteousness of the path that ASEAN has been steadily embarking on for…... [read more]

The flag raising ceremony at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister (FM) Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep, and Vice Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu, among others.  Delegates attending the flag raising ceremony in Hanoi  Foreign guests at the ceremony included heads of the diplomatic corps in Hanoi and Venezuela Ambassador to Vietnam Jorge Rondon Uzcategui, and ambassadors and embassy representatives of ASEAN member countries and ASEAN partner countries in the capital city.  Guards of honor approach positions  Addressing the ceremony, Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son emphasized that the foundation of the ASEAN Community in 2015 is a historic milestone in the connectivity process of ASEAN. It also bears special significance to the association, the region and each member nation.  The deputy minister noted that with a population of 630 million, GDP of almost USD 3,000 billion and a growth rate of 4.7 percent in 2016, ASEAN is a driving force of the regional economy.  ASEAN flag hoisted in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  He went on to say that as a prestigious organization in Asia-Pacific, ASEAN operates basing itself on the ASEAN Charter and uniform values and principles. The ASEAN way is built…... [read more]

Manila, August 7 (VNA) – Vietnam will work with Japan and Mekong nations to implement the 2015 Tokyo Strategy on Mekong-Japan cooperation and the Mekong-Japan Action Plan for Realisation of the New Tokyo Strategy for 2016-2018.  Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Vietnam’s commitments at the Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6.  The event was attended by the Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.  To help Mekong nations participate deeply in global and regional value chains, the Vietnamese FM suggested developing international traffic corridors and logistics system so the region can serve as a bridge connecting the Indian Ocean and Asia – Pacific, and be a gate to markets like India and ASEAN.  Meanwhile, Japan should provide support for Mekong nations to shift toward green growth and energy saving models, to develop energy while ensuring energy, food and water security and to use water sustainably from the Mekong river while adapting to climate change, Minh said.  He also suggested Japan help Mekong countries develop high-quality human resources and enhance research and development capacity to meet the demand of enterprises.  During the event, participants discussed cooperation plans and preparations for the ninth Mekong – Japan Summit Meeting slated for November.  Mekong nations lauded Japan’s support for promoting regional connectivity, human resource development and industrial infrastructure facilities via the Partnership for Quality Infrastructure, the…... [read more]

Vietnam will work with Japan and Mekong nations to implement the 2015 Tokyo Strategy on Mekong-Japan cooperation and the Mekong-Japan Action Plan for Realisation of the New Tokyo Strategy for 2016-2018. Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (first right) and delegates participate the meeting Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Vietnam’s commitments at the Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6. The event was attended by the Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. To help Mekong nations participate deeply in global and regional value chains, the Vietnamese FM suggested developing international traffic corridors and logistics system so the region can serve as a bridge connecting the Indian Ocean and Asia – Pacific, and be a gate to markets like India and ASEAN. Meanwhile, Japan should provide support for Mekong nations to shift toward green growth and energy saving models, to develop energy while ensuring energy, food and water security and to use water sustainably from the Mekong river while adapting to climate change, Minh said. He also suggested Japan help Mekong countries develop high-quality human resources and enhance research and development capacity to meet the demand of enterprises. During the event, participants discussed cooperation plans and preparations for the ninth Mekong – Japan Summit Meeting slated for November. Mekong nations lauded Japan’s support for promoting regional connectivity, human resource development and industrial infrastructure facilities via the Partnership…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (fourth, left), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and​ other foreign ministers pose for a photo at a meeting on August 6 (Photo: AFP/VNA) Manila (VNA) – The ASEAN and its 10 partner countries agreed several major cooperation plans at the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC+1) sessions in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh led the Vietnamese delegation to the events, part of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings. As Vietnam is the country coordinator of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership, Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs General Vijay Kumar Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. At the PMC+1 sessions, the foreign ministers from ASEAN and the 10 partner nations reviewed relations over the past year and devised plans for future cooperation.  They focused on economy, trade, investment, connectivity, development gap narrowing, climate change, natural disaster management, people-to-people exchange and education. They also discussed regional and international issues of shared concern. The dialogue partners congratulated ASEAN on its 50th founding anniversary and hailed the bloc’s achievements after almost two years since the ASEAN Community was established. They pledged to continue supporting ASEAN to enhance economic and regional connectivity, narrow development gaps and boost free and equal trade through existing free trade agreements (FTAs) and those with bigger framework such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The partner…... [read more]

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (first right) and delegates participate the meeting (Source: VNA) Manila (VNA) – Vietnam will work with Japan and Mekong nations to implement the 2015 Tokyo Strategy on Mekong-Japan cooperation and the Mekong-Japan Action Plan for Realisation of the New Tokyo Strategy for 2016-2018. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Vietnam’s commitments at the Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6. The event was attended by the Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. To help Mekong nations participate deeply in global and regional value chains, the Vietnamese FM suggested developing international traffic corridors and logistics system so the region can serve as a bridge connecting the Indian Ocean and Asia – Pacific, and be a gate to markets like India and ASEAN. Meanwhile, Japan should provide support for Mekong nations to shift toward green growth and energy saving models, to develop energy while ensuring energy, food and water security and to use water sustainably from the Mekong river while adapting to climate change, Minh said. He also suggested Japan help Mekong countries develop high-quality human resources and enhance research and development capacity to meet the demand of enterprises. During the event, participants discussed cooperation plans and preparations for the ninth Mekong – Japan Summit Meeting slated for November. Mekong nations lauded Japan’s support for promoting regional connectivity,…... [read more]

As the ASEAN bloc celebrates 50 years since its establishment on August 8, 1967 – with Vietnam present for 22 of those years – now seems an opportune time to look back on the successes of this bloc. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh talks VIR’s Thanh Tung about the positive effects that ASEAN membership has had on Vietnam in these years, and vice versa. What impacts has the ASEAN Community had on Vietnam’s expanding trade and in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI)? The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is one of the ASEAN Community’s three major pillars, is the realisation of the end goal of regional economic integration of the 10 ASEAN economies. It facilitates the free flow of goods, capital, services, investment, and skilled labour. AEC has created a single market home to a population of over 600 million people, with a GDP of about $3 trillion. ASEAN is now the world’s seventh-largest market. In terms of investment, Vietnam has received strong investments from ASEAN member states. This was seen not only after ASEAN became a community, but also before the community was born, thanks to the bloc’s agreements on fostering trade and investment. Regarding trade, since the community was established, the trade volume among ASEAN member states has soared. But this has not been the case for Vietnam, which has seen its trade with other ASEAN markets…... [read more]




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