Tokyo workshop celebrates 50 years of ASEAN

Vietnam has made substantive contributions to the success of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings held in the Philippines from August 4-8, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.  Senior officials from ASEAN member countries take photo at the celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM 50)  Talking to the press following the event, the Deputy FM said Vietnam has worked closely with the Philippines as ASEAN Chair and other countries to put forward initiatives for implementing plans of actions, draft documents, strengthen ASEAN agencies and promote consensus, thus ensuring the success of the meetings and the bloc’s prestige.   As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.  The two sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of an MoU on the establishment of the ASEAN-India Centre; work together to draft the Delhi Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties; and pinpoint priority fields for bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, such as  connectivity, marine cooperation, terrorism combat and bio-diversity.  Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of solidarity and a common voice of ASEAN to prevent different viewpoints from affecting the atmosphere of cooperation and outcomes of the meetings, while firmly…... [read more]

Talking to the press following the event, the Deputy FM said Vietnam has worked closely with the Philippines as ASEAN Chair and other countries to put forward initiatives for implementing plans of actions, draft documents, strengthen ASEAN agencies and promote consensus, thus ensuring the success of the meetings and the bloc’s prestige. As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. The two sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of an MoU on the establishment of the ASEAN-India Centre; work together to draft the Delhi Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties; and pinpoint priority fields for bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, such as connectivity, marine cooperation, terrorism combat and bio-diversity. Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of solidarity and a common voice of ASEAN to prevent different viewpoints from affecting the atmosphere of cooperation and outcomes of the meetings, while firmly protecting the country’s interests.  Deputy FM Dung noted that together with many countries, Vietnam raised concerns about the situation in the East Sea, including activities of reclamation, construction and militarization, while calling for maintaining principles and stance regarding the East Sea already specified in ASEAN documents as well as agreed…... [read more]

Vietnam’s key sport events like track & fields, swimming, shooting and gymnastics are expected to help its sport delegation secure the third place at the Southeast Asia Games 29, the position that it has retained since 2003. Marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh will make it big in ​his forte. Vietnam’s key sport events are expected to help its sport delegation secure the third place at SEA Games 29 Some 476 Vietnamese athletes are ready to compete in 32 out of 38 sports events, eyeing to bring home 50-59 gold medals and rank in the top group of the biennial Games, which is scheduled in Malaysia from August 19 to 31. Earlier, Vietnam targeted a goal of at least 65 golds and then adjusted it as Malaysia, the host country, decided to remove events of Vietnam’s strength like wrestling, rowing, canoeing, women’s boxing, women’s fencing and women’s weightlifting. This year’s event, the track & field team will strive to garner 10-12 gold medals. Quach Cong Lich, Quach Thi Lan and Nguyen Thi Huyen are believed to bring glory to the team. Swimmers Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, Lam Quang Nhat, Nguyen Huy Hoang and Nguyen Huu Kim Son are expected to play key roles in helping the swimming team to grasp 10-11 golds. Meanwhile, shooting coach Nguyen Thi Nhung affirmed that marksmen Hoang Xuan Vinh and Tran Quoc Cuong will make it big in their forte, including ten metre air pistol and 50 metre rifle prone individual.  The Vietnamese delegation will face fierce…... [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]

The average room rate at three to five-star hotels in HCMC was VND1.9 million per night in the first half this year, 11.3% lower than in 2014, as there were new hotels up and running in the city, resulting in price competition. A general view of the five-star Rex Hotel in downtown HCMC  According to data from the HCMC Department of Tourism, this rate was 3.6% higher than in the same period last year. But in comparison to the level in the same period of 2014, it was 11.3% lower as competition among old and new hotels was growing. Total tourist arrivals to HCMC in 2016 were 1.12 times higher than in 2014, though. The department said the hotel room price in this segment in HCMC is the same as in other ASEAN markets, but higher than in Danang with US$76.94 per night and lower than in Hanoi with US$86.22 per night. Currently, the city has 2,128 hotels and other lodging facilities with more than 50,000 guest rooms. Among them are 1,941 star-rated hotels with nearly 49,000 rooms and 185 hostels with more than 1,000 rooms. Last year, the city attracted 5.2 million international and 21.8 million domestic tourists. The city looks to annual growth of 9% and 16% in international and domestic arrivals respectively, and average room occupancy of 80% by 2020. According to the department, the city should encourage construction, expansion and renovation of three to five-star hotels, homestay services and boutique hotels. Enterprises should not invest in…... [read more]

Marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh will make it big in ​his forte. Vietnam’s key sport events are expected to help its sport delegation secure the third place at SEA Games 29 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s key sport events like track & fields, swimming, shooting and gymnastics are expected to help its sport delegation secure the third place at the Southeast Asia Games 29, the position that it has retained since 2003. Some 476 Vietnamese athletes are ready to compete in 32 out of 38 sports events, eyeing to bring home 50-59 gold medals and rank in the top group of the biennial Games, which is scheduled in Malaysia from August 19 to 31. Earlier, Vietnam targeted a goal of at least 65 golds and then adjusted it as Malaysia, the host country, decided to remove events of Vietnam’s strength like wrestling, rowing, canoeing, women’s boxing, women’s fencing and women’s weightlifting. This year’s event, the track & field team will strive to garner 10-12 gold medals. Quach Cong Lich, Quach Thi Lan and Nguyen Thi Huyen are believed to bring glory to the team. Swimmers Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, Lam Quang Nhat, Nguyen Huy Hoang and Nguyen Huu Kim Son are expected to play key roles in helping the swimming team to grasp 10-11 golds. Meanwhile, shooting coach Nguyen Thi Nhung affirmed that marksmen Hoang Xuan Vinh and Tran Quoc Cuong will make it big in their forte, including ten metre air pistol…... [read more]

The National Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention received 30 tons of aid relief to help flood victims in the northern mountainous provinces at Noi Bai International Airport yesterday.  On behalf of Vietnamese Government, Minister, Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung. Mai Tien Dung sends VND 400 million to the Central Fatherland Front Committee of Vietnam to support the flood victims in the northern mountainous province The donation was contributed by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA), an inter-governmental organization established by ten ASEAN countries in November 17, 2011 under its target of facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency. 30 tons of aid relief included 600 household kits, 3,000 personal hygiene products, 600 kitchen kits, one set of movable canvas containing goods, an electric generator with 16 KVA, and 300 home repair kits with total value of US$ 2.3 trillion. As plan, the donation will be sent to flood victims in the provinces of Son La, Yen Bai and Nghe An where suffered serious damages after a week-long siege of flashflood and landslide.  On the occasion, Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management Ms. Adelina Kamal shared with losses from the recent flood and the difficulties of people in effected-areas. This is the first time that Vietnam called for assistance from the organization, added Ms. Adelina Kamal. On the same day,…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 9 (VNA) – Vietnam has made substantive contributions to the success of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings held in the Philippines from August 4-8, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.  Talking to the press following the event, the Deputy FM said Vietnam has worked closely with the Philippines as ASEAN Chair and other countries to put forward initiatives for implementing plans of actions, draft documents, strengthen ASEAN agencies and promote consensus, thus ensuring the success of the meetings and the bloc’s prestige.  As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. The two sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of a MoU on the establishment of the ASEAN-India Centre; work together to draft the Delhi Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties; and pinpoint priority fields for bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, such as connectivity, marine cooperation, terrorism combat and bio-diversity.  Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of solidarity and a common voice of ASEAN to prevent different viewpoints from affecting the atmosphere of cooperation and outcomes of the meetings, while firmly protecting the country’s interests.  Deputy FM Dung noted that together with many countries,…... [read more]

HCM City, August 9 (VNA) – Businesses should cooperate closely with the Government to usher in a second export wave of products with higher added-value and promotion of brands, participants at a seminar in HMC City said on August 8.  According to Nguyen Phu Hoa, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Import and Export Department, the second wave is crucial given the world has entered the tech-based Fourth Industrial Revolution that is tranforming society, services and trade.  For example, in Japan and the US, humans are working with robots while China is targeting more modern production similar to the Republic of Korea’s and Japan’s.  Vietnam’s first export wave, in which businesses exported raw material, is over.  The seminar pointed out that certain foundations would need to be established to successfully develop the second wave.  The first is setting up a system to share know-how innovated with the support of the Government, according to participants.  This kind of sharing will enable companies to access new technologies, talents and scientists.  Thus, all research outcomes must be shared and published so that they could be applied.  The second requirement is creating trust and confidence since now many consumers doubt the origin and quality of goods.  Thirdly, a competitive infrastructure needs to be developed.  Hoa said one huge thrust would be needed to upgrade roads, bridges, ports, and logistics facilities to serve production and exports.  "But exports cannot…... [read more]

Senior officials from ASEAN member countries take photo at the celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM 50) (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has made substantive contributions to the success of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings held in the Philippines from August 4-8, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung. Talking to the press following the event, the Deputy FM said Vietnam has worked closely with the Philippines as ASEAN Chair and other countries to put forward initiatives for implementing plans of actions, draft documents, strengthen ASEAN agencies and promote consensus, thus ensuring the success of the meetings and the bloc’s prestige.     As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. The two sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of an MoU on the establishment of the ASEAN-India Centre; work together to draft the Delhi Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties; and pinpoint priority fields for bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, such as  connectivity, marine cooperation, terrorism combat and bio-diversity.   [AMM 50: FM Pham Binh Minh in bilateral meetings] Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of solidarity and…... [read more]




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