NA’s increased oversight over CLV cooperation initiatives sought

NDO/ VNA – The Committees for External Relations of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam convened their sixth meeting in Vientiane, on August 2, to discuss how to intensify the legislatures’ supervision over the cooperation initiatives in the development triangle region. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Lao NA Sengnuan Xayalath stressed that this conference is of significance for the three legislative bodies as they supervise the enforcement of a Development Initiative in the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle. To realise the development-related treaties and initiatives signed by the governments, participants at the meeting need to study the issues and contribute ideas on each issue to find out the suitable directions and solutions to be submitted to the governments. The participants must also disseminate the investment policies in the region to foreign investors, through parliamentary mechanisms and regional and global parliamentary offices. Nguyen Van Giau, head of the Vietnamese NA’s Committee for External Relations, said that with their role and responsibility, the three committees have helped the legislative bodies to promote their role in boosting development and cooperation in the region and building the borderline of peace, stability, solidarity and development. He expressed his hope that the three Governments will promptly sign an action plan that will connect the three economies by 2030. This plan is expected to help the countries focus development resources in the fields of transport, energy, trade and telecommunications, scientifically and synchronously in order to gain practical results for the CLV development…... [read more]

This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Gia Khiem in a recent press briefing on this year’s ASEAN summits. VOV: Could you please tell us about the significance of the coming 17th ASEAN Summit and other related meetings? Deputy PM Khiem: They are very important and the peak of this year’s activities for Vietnam as it is ASEAN Chair. The three days from October 28-30 will see 11 major meetings, including the 17th ASEAN Summit between ASEAN leaders and the regular ASEAN+1 Summit with its partners such as China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and India, as well as with Russia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations; the ASEAN+3 Summit (with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), and the fifth East Asia Summit. The summit will be attended by 18 leaders of ASEAN member countries, the bloc’s partners, and the United Nations Secretary General. For the first time, the Russian Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State will also attend the East Asia Summit as special guests. These are the final ASEAN metings for the year, where the bloc can review cooperation within the bloc and with its partners over the past year and identify the next priorities. This is also the only occasion in 2010 for ASEAN leaders to meet with leaders of ASEAN’s most important partners. At these summits, ASEAN and its partners will exchange views and discuss peace, stability and development in the region. The meetings will discuss and decide many important policies…... [read more]

On top of determination and giving priority to community development programmes, the bloc has resiliently resolved internal conflicts and overcome outside challenges. Finding a common voice can break through any barriers and lead to a more united ASEAN in the future. 2012 was a challenging year for solidarity among ASEAN members. For the first time in its 45 years, at its Foreign Ministers' Meeting in July, ASEAN couldn't agree on a joint statement due to differences over the East Sea. But a week later, member nations reached a consensus on six principles concerning the East Sea, thanks to a tradition of solidarity and cooperation. It's easy to understand why, at a given moment, the 10 ASEAN member countries with their different histories, cultures, development levels, political and social regimes, and national interests, couldn't achieve unanimity. Nguyễn Tiến Minh, head of the ASEAN Department under the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, says this is the biggest challenge for ASEAN, but it has jointly looked for measures to consolidate and maintain the solidarity so that these contradictions can't drive a wedge. "Following the failure at AMM 45 to ratify a joint communiqué, member nations understood that they might be heading toward a crisis. So as soon as Indonesia proposed six common principles, ASEAN countries agreed with little hesitation and took concrete actions to secure unity," Minh recalls. ASEAN members have agreed that maintaining peace, stability, and security in the East Sea is of significance for all countries in the region. Every member has agreed…... [read more]

The statement was made by Tran Thanh Thuy, a member of the Vietnamese delegation to the 32nd ASEAN Transport Senior Officials Meeting (STOM), which opened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on December 12. Vietnam’s initiative to build a single ASEAN aviation market received special attention from participants at the meeting. To achieve the target of building the ASEAN Community in 2015, as well as a master plan for ASEAN Connectivity, ASEAN member countries should accelerate special cooperative initiatives on aviation, road and maritime transport. During two-day meeting, delegates will examine the working agenda for the 17th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM) due to take place in Phnom Penh on December 16. They will discuss and adopt the final drafts of the “ASEAN ministers Statement on a Single ASEAN Aviation Market,” the protocol for implementing the 7th package on air transport services commitments, and the 6th Protocol on entrepot stations and border railway stations in order to implement the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit. The transport officials will also hold meetings with the three dialogue countries of ASEAN - China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) - to discuss projects implemented in 2011 and plans for 2012. They will review the results of the ASEAN-China maritime consulting mechanisms conference, consider Japan’s initiatives on logistics cooperation, and negotiate an ASEAN-China Aviation Agreement.... [read more]

Lieut. General Pham Quy Ngo, Deputy Minister of Public Security, welcomed the signing at a reception for UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov in Hanoi on December 4. Ngo said the Vietnamese Party and State have devised crime prevention measures and encouraged the general population involve themselves in the fight against crime, contributing to protecting national security and social order. The police force has been key to mobilising the collective strength of the political system in combating crime, launching public movements to ensure security and order, addressing social issues such as poverty reduction and material and spiritual improvement, and revamping legal institutions. The Ministry of Public Security (MoPC) has promoted crime prevention and control collaboration with countries sharing a common border, regional nations, and other foreign organisations, Ngo said. The UNODC Chief praised the effectiveness of the productive relationship between his organisation and the MoPC, adding that Vietnam must engage in cooperation initiatives to control cross-border drug transport and trafficking and cut off emerging crime. UNODC is willing to help Vietnam carry out its action program for drug control and anti-human trafficking during the 2012-2015 period, Fedotov said. It will also assist with the agreements and protocols already signed.... [read more]

The workshop, the first of its kind in Vietnam, is expected to attract 150 delegates from 51 ASEM member countries and relevant organisations such as the Mekong River Commission, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, the World Water Council, the United Nations, the UN Environment Programme, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. Delegates will examine reports and make recommendations to the 11th ASEM Ministerial Meeting to be held in New Delhi this November. The workshop is the first activity of the Danube-Mekong Cooperation Initiative between Vietnam and all five members of the initiative: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Laos and Thailand, which was approved at the 9th ASEM Summit in Laos in 2012. The initiative has received strong support from ASEM member countries as it links water management with the role of river basins and green growth. Can Tho city will also host World Water Day celebrations on March 20-21.... [read more]

Ebara hosted an early December seminar in Hanoi that focused on improving pump systems used in irrigation and flood control and promoting greater degrees of experience exchange, human resource training, and technology transfer. Leading experts discussed the issues commonly arising when operating pumping stations. Ebara established its Hatakeyama Memorial Fund (EHMF) in 1989 as a means of deepening mutual understanding and cultivating amicable international relationships, particularly in Southeast Asia. Its cooperative initiatives, many of which are centred on technology, have included hosting 232 Southeast Asian seminars for more than 10,000 participants. Over the 2013 fiscal year, the EHMF organised seven seminars in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and other localities deemed especially vulnerable to natural disasters caused by climate change.... [read more]

The signing ceremony took place in Quang Tri during talks between the two provinces’ leaders. Both sides agreed to strengthen comprehensive cooperation in all fields and create the best conditions for their agencies, localities and businesses to meet and exchange experience. They will explore each other’s potential and strength to put forward cooperation initiatives in order to boost the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two provinces. They will also closely coordinate with their ministries and agencies in building and developing the La Lay International Border Gate, serving international development and integration. The two provinces will accelerate exchanging information and experience in security and defence and work closely together to address issues related to land management, marriage without registration, civil status registration and citizenship application of borderline people. At the meeting the two sides reviewed the results of cooperative efforts during the 2011-2013 period and noted that creditable improvements have been made in education, human resources training, science and technology, health care, and border affairs. Nine hamlets along the Quang Tri-Salavan borderline have established twin relationships and 31 out of 33 planned landmarks demarcating the border have been completed. The Quang Tri Electricity Company has supplied more than 160 million kWhs worth US$10 million to Laos. Quang Tri has also helped train 70 Salavan officials, contributing to the development of the social welfare of the region.... [read more]

The 2nd ASEAN+3 Ministerial Meeting for Social Welfare and Development opened in Hanoi on December 7, drawing the participation of three partner countries – Japan, the Republic of Korea and China. The meeting is a follow up to the 6th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting for Social Welfare and Development held on December 6. The 2nd ASEAN+3 meeting reviewed bilateral and multi-lateral cooperative initiatives at micro and marco levels to improve the effectiveness of common targets. Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said: “With a view to ensuring social equality and sustainable development, the Governments of ASEAN+3 have implemented a number of measures to promote an inclusive, barrier-free and human rights-based society.” An inclusive, barrier-free and human rights-based society is where the vulnerable people in general and people with disabilities in particular are no longer a burden for society. They have belief and hope to live, study, work and contribute to the homeland. They are not alone as they have the State, community, relatives and families to stand on side to help them overcome challenges in daily life. Regional countries can develop a system of social security warning indicators, cooperate in training staffs responsible for rehabilitating people with disabilities, and exchange students to improve training skills and increase mutual understanding. Minister Ngan said cooperation among Southeast Asian and East Asian countries in social welfare and development plays an important role in socio-economic development. Social welfare and development is the top concern of nations…... [read more]

Speaking at the event, Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc noted that global economies, including those in the GMS, have shown signs of recovery, but the recovery process is unsteady. In the face of imminent risks and unexpected developments, GMS countries should cooperate closely to overcome the global financial and economic turmoil, address climate change issues, and boost regional and global economies in a rapid and sustainable manner. Vietnam is committed to promoting cooperation with other countries to undertake regional cooperation initiatives, said Mr Phuc. He expressed his hope that delegates would further examine the adverse impact of the global recession on GMS development and put forward practical solutions to overcome difficulties. “I believe that with their own efforts and effective support from the international community, GMS economies will overcome challenges to achieve sustainable development and prosperity in the future, “said Mr Phuc. Delegates focussed their discussions on the impact of the global financial crisis and GMS response, development cooperation and investment under the GMS Programme, and the role of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in regional development programmes. They also looked at opportunities and challenges facing Vietnam in the GMS Programme, Thailand’s lessons to ride out the crisis, and investment promotion in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Presentations showed that GMS has many regional cooperation initiatives which have been undertaken, bringing a facelift to the region and its member countries. Vietnam is one of the first six countries to have taken part in all GMS cooperation programmes and…... [read more]

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