Vietnam joining ASEAN for a brighter future

Vietnam is committed, along with other member countries, to build a united and self-reliant ASEAN Community, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech on the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN Delivering a speech on August 7, which also marks the 22nd year of Vietnam’s entry into the group, the PM said that "Vietnam and member countries would accelerate internal trade and investment, develop infrastructure, and narrow development gaps; effectively co-operate to serve the people, improve people’s living standards, ensure social welfare, and promote the pride of the Community; build an ASEAN Community based on law, especially fundamental principles of international relationships; and improve the efficiency of partnerships, maintain a central role in the region, and uphold common viewpoints on regional and international issues." PM Phuc said the 21st century had posed opportunities and challenges for ASEAN in realising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 which calls for “a law-based ASEAN Community, serving the people and considering the people as central”. “ASEAN is implementing renewals and adjusting the bloc in a more flexible and efficient manner, and more importantly the association continues to maintain the solidarity built up over the past half century,” he said. Becoming an official member of ASEAN in 1995, Vietnam is proud to have contributed to ASEAN. In that time, Vietnam’s achievements have grown along the growth of the group, he said. The ten-member ASEAN has become…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has stressed the need for ASEAN 3 (ASEAN and China, the Republic of Korea and Japan), the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to promote cooperation on the basis of ensuring ASEAN’s central role.  Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (4th, left) and other FMs at the 7th EAS Foreign Ministers' Meeting The move aims to contribute to tackling regional security challenges and tightening connectivity in the region, the official said at the 18th ASEAN 3 Foreign Ministers Meeting and the seventh EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7. The events took place as part of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings.  Applauding progress the ten-member group and its partners have made, FM Minh called on the partners to continue helping ASEAN achieve goals towards building the ASEAN Community 2025.  Regarding future cooperation, he suggested ASEAN 3 focus on trade, finance and intensifying capacity and regional connectivity, prioritising the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.  At the EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Minh said ASEAN should carry forward its central role and consider maritime affiliation a new cooperation priority of the EAS.  At the 18th ASEAN 3 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the delegates said ASEAN 3 has become a dynamic and effective cooperation framework, contributing to peace, stability and development in East Asia. They lauded ASEAN 3’s recent fruitful collaboration, especially in implementing the ASEAN Working Plan for 2013-2017 and action plans…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech on the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam is committed, along with other member countries, to build a united and self-reliant ASEAN Community, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today. Delivering a speech on August 7, which also marks the 22nd year of Vietnam’s entry into the group, the PM said that "Vietnam and member countries would accelerate internal trade and investment, develop infrastructure, and narrow development gaps; effectively co-operate to serve the people, improve people’s living standards, ensure social welfare, and promote the pride of the Community; build an ASEAN Community based on law, especially fundamental principles of international relationships; and improve the efficiency of partnerships, maintain a central role in the region, and uphold common viewpoints on regional and international issues." PM Phuc said the 21st century had posed opportunities and challenges for ASEAN in realising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 which calls for “a law-based ASEAN Community, serving the people and considering the people as central”. “ASEAN is implementing renewals and adjusting the bloc in a more flexible and efficient manner, and more importantly the association continues to maintain the solidarity built up over the past half century,” he said. Becoming an official member of ASEAN in 1995, Vietnam is proud to have contributed to ASEAN. In that time, Vietnam’s achievements have grown along the growth…... [read more]

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (4th, left) and other FMs at the 7th EAS Foreign Ministers' Meeting (Source: VNA)   Manila (VNA) –Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has stressed the need for ASEAN 3 (ASEAN and China, the Republic of Korea and Japan), the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to promote cooperation on the basis of ensuring ASEAN’s central role. The move aims to contribute to tackling regional security challenges and tightening connectivity in the region, the official said at the 18th ASEAN 3 Foreign Ministers Meeting and the seventh EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7. The events took place as part of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings. Applauding progress the ten-member group and its partners have made, FM Minh called on the partners to continue helping ASEAN achieve goals towards building the ASEAN Community 2025. Regarding future cooperation, he suggested ASEAN 3 focus on trade, finance and intensifying capacity and regional connectivity, prioritising the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. At the EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Minh said ASEAN should carry forward its central role and consider maritime affiliation a new cooperation priority of the EAS. At the 18th ASEAN 3 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the delegates said ASEAN 3 has become a dynamic and effective cooperation framework, contributing to peace, stability and development in East Asia. They …... [read more]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a flag raising ceremony in Hanoi on August 8 on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s membership in the association. Officials participate in the ASEAN flag raising ceremony in Hanoi  The event was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep, and Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu, among others. Foreign guests at the ceremony included head of the diplomatic corps in Hanoi and Ambassador of Venezuela Jorge Rondon Uzcategui, and Ambassadors and embassy representatives of ASEAN member countries and ASEAN partner countries in the capital city. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son emphasised that the founding 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 3,000 billion USD and a growth rate of 4.7 percent in 2016, ASEAN is the driving force of the regional economy. He went on to say that as a prestigious organisation in Asia-Pacific, ASEAN operates based on the ASEAN Charter and uniform values and principles. The ASEAN way is built on the foundation of the Eastern culture, attaching importance to solidarity and common prosperity, tolerance and harmonious interests, which helped ASEAN achieve…... [read more]

Activities are underway that include information about ASEAN on mass media, contests about ASEAN, and publications to increase public awareness and understanding between peoples towards building a more dynamic and united bloc. Last month’s ASEAN Festival in Hanoi was attended by representatives of all ASEAN countries.  The event featured a presentation on ASEAN’s founding and half century of accomplishments, a photographic exhibit on the land and people of ASEAN, a display of postage stamps depicting the ASEAN Community, and reports and documentary film screenings on the culture of ASEAN countries. Ibnu Hadi, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, said: “This year’s festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. Last year I participated in a similar event. I think the festival should be continued to make the public more aware of the ASEAN Community.” Information sharing has contributed to realizing by 2025 ASEAN’s 3 pillars: the Political-Security Community, the Economic Community, and the Socio-Cultural Community. Hoang Vinh Bao, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, said, “ASEAN is a community that puts its people at the center of all development and cooperation policies. Information is a bridge enabling Vietnam to integrate into the ASEAN Community and other members to better understand Vietnam towards uniting all the peoples of ASEAN." "Communications programs should inform people of the progress of their country’s integration within ASEAN—and the benefits and challenges that brings—so that they can accompany their state in that process,” he added. The Festival…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 8 (VNA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a flag raising ceremony in Hanoi on August 8 on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s membership in the association.  The event was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep, and Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu, among others.  Foreign guests at the ceremony included head of the diplomatic corps in Hanoi and Ambassador of Venezuela Jorge Rondon Uzcategui, and Ambassadors and embassy representatives of ASEAN member countries and ASEAN partner countries in the capital city.  Addressing the ceremony, Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son emphasised that the founding 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 3,000 billion USD and a growth rate of 4.7 percent in 2016, ASEAN is the driving force of the regional economy.  He went on to say that as a prestigious organisation in Asia-Pacific, ASEAN operates based on the ASEAN Charter and uniform values and principles. The ASEAN way is built on the foundation of the Eastern culture, attaching importance to solidarity and common prosperity, tolerance and harmonious interests, which helped…... [read more]

Officials participate in the ASEAN flag raising ceremony in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a flag raising ceremony in Hanoi on August 8 on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s membership in the association. The event was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep, and Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu, among others. Foreign guests at the ceremony included head of the diplomatic corps in Hanoi and Ambassador of Venezuela Jorge Rondon Uzcategui, and Ambassadors and embassy representatives of ASEAN member countries and ASEAN partner countries in the capital city. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son emphasised that the founding 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 3,000 billion USD and a growth rate of 4.7 percent in 2016, ASEAN is the driving force of the regional economy. He went on to say that as a prestigious organisation in Asia-Pacific, ASEAN operates based on the ASEAN Charter and uniform values and principles. The ASEAN way is built on the foundation of the Eastern culture, attaching importance…... [read more]

NDO – Today, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) solemnly celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment (August 8, 1967-2017), which is an important event marking the 50th-year of ASEAN’s development and maturity as well as an opportunity for member countries to look back on the past with many ups and downs, but affirms their determination to steadily advance together in the way ahead. On August 8, 1967, with the aspiration of enhance cooperation in the Southeast Asia, Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines signed the Bangkok Declaration which gave birth to ASEAN. After this event, Brunei and Vietnam were admitted to the bloc in 1984 and 1995, respectively. As soon as the country joins the regional playground, Vietnam, along with other member countries, to realise the dream of an ASEAN-10, consisting of all ten Southeast Asian countries with the admission of Laos and Myanmar (in 1997) and Cambodia (in 1999). Since then, ASEAN member countries, which show the diversification of political systems, cultures, languages and development levels, have been linked together by common goals and destiny. In 2007, ASEAN added a new milestone on the occasion of its 40th anniversary by signing the ASEAN Charter, creating a profound change in quality and bringing ASEAN from a purely regional cooperation organisation to a legal entity. Notably, on December 31, 2015, the ASEAN Community based on three pillars of Politics – Security, Economics, Culture and Society were officially formed, opening a new chapter in the history…... [read more]

NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed Vietnam’s determination to join other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in building a united, self-reliant ASEAN Community when delivering a speech on Vietnam Television for the occasion of the association’s 50th founding anniversary (August 8, 1967-2017). In his speech, the Vietnamese Government leader noted with pleasure that with five initial members, ASEAN has grown up into a Community with 10 members which have seen significant achievements in politics, economy, institutional development, and intra-bloc connection. He further emphasised that “ASEAN common house” has also been established as a successful model of regional linkage. He stated that throughout historical ups and downs, beyond its expectation, ASEAN has helped turn the situation in the Southeast Asian region from confrontation and mutual suspicion to co-operation, from division to unity, with its pinnacle being the establishment of the ASEAN Community. The Prime Minister further highlighted that ASEAN has become the world’s sixth largest economy as the regional bloc already has a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of US$ 3 trillion a year. ASEAN is also home to diverse cultures, rich in identity and has solidarity among peoples living in peace, with secured social welfare and improved living standards. Regarding its external relations, including the world’s major powers, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated that ASEAN has been active in promoting cooperation and has played a leading role in regional forums. The association always takes the lead and works with other partners in a…... [read more]




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