Vietnamese, Japanese young deputies share experience

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the event (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse chaired a ceremony to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s accession to the bloc in Hanoi on August 8. The PM highlighted the achievements that ASEAN has gained over the past a half century to become a strong and united community with rules-based operation and comprehensive and extensive connectivity across the fields, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region. ASEAN has an increasing role and position in the region and beyond, he said, adding that the association is also playing a crucial role in the evolving regional architecture. The bloc should reinforce solidarity and unity, promote internal strength to increase its connectivity and build a rules-based community with the widespread participation of people to bring them with pragmatic benefits, he recommended. With a population of over 630 million and the total gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly 2.6 trillion USD per year, ranking sixth in the world, along with a peaceful and stable environment, ASEAN is a spotlight of economic cooperation in the Asian-Pacific region and the world at large. “The achievements that ASEAN has gained over the past 50 years are very huge, creating a firm foundation for the development of the ASEAN Community and the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision…... [read more]

Vietnamese, Japanese young deputies share experience

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse chaired a ceremony in Hanoi on August 8 to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s ASEAN membership. The PM highlighted the achievements that ASEAN has gained over the past a half century to become a strong and united community with rules-based operation and comprehensive and extensive connectivity across the fields, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region. ASEAN has an increasing role and position in the region and beyond, he said, adding that the association is also playing a crucial role in the evolving regional architecture. The bloc should reinforce solidarity and unity, promote internal strength to increase its connectivity and build a rules-based community with the widespread participation of people to bring them with pragmatic benefits, PM Phuc recommended. With a population of over 630 million and the total gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly US$2.6 trillion per year, ranking sixth in the world, along with a peaceful and stable environment, ASEAN is a spotlight of economic cooperation in the Asian-Pacific region and the world at large. “The achievements that ASEAN has gained over the past 50 years are very huge, creating a firm foundation for the development of the ASEAN Community and the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025,” the leader said. He affirmed that Vietnam always considers ASEAN a priority pillar in its…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse chaired a ceremony in Hanoi on August 8 to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s ASEAN membership. The PM highlighted the achievements that ASEAN has gained over the past a half century to become a strong and united community with rules-based operation and comprehensive and extensive connectivity across the fields, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region. ASEAN has an increasing role and position in the region and beyond, he said, adding that the association is also playing a crucial role in the evolving regional architecture. The bloc should reinforce solidarity and unity, promote internal strength to increase its connectivity and build a rules-based community with the widespread participation of people to bring them with pragmatic benefits, PM Phuc recommended. With a population of over 630 million and the total gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly US$2.6 trillion per year, ranking sixth in the world, along with a peaceful and stable environment, ASEAN is a spotlight of economic cooperation in the Asian-Pacific region and the world at large. “The achievements that ASEAN has gained over the past 50 years are very huge, creating a firm foundation for the development of the ASEAN Community and the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025,” the leader said. He affirmed that Vietnam always considers ASEAN a priority pillar in its…... [read more]

ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh highlighted the bloc’s milestones during its 50 years of existence in an interview with Vietnam News Agency. Minh told reporters that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established in 1967 with only five members, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. The purpose at that time was to deal with security-related risks amid the Cold War and the anti-US war in Indochina. The bloc then admitted Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999. These moves completed its initial target of connecting all Southeast Asian countries which are diverse in political institution, economic structure, cultural identity, language and religion. In 2003, the bloc issued the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II identifying the objective of establishing an ASEAN Community with three pillars of politics-security, economics and culture-society, Minh said, adding that the ASEAN Charter in 2007 created a legal foundation and institution framework for strengthening regional connectivity and for establishing the ASEAN Community in 2015. The most important milestone in ASEAN’s history was the establishment of the ASEAN Community in December 2015 and the launch of the ASEAN Vision 2025 towards a self-reliant, legal-binding and people –centered community on January 1, 2016, he added. [ASEAN – a rare sub-region organisation of solidarity: Deputy PM] Mechanisms including the ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit and Asia Plus Three are…... [read more]

The report released by the international body on April 24 also named Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste. Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Committee in the Asian-Pacific region, where a total of 26 countries are included in the warning list, said despite high economic growth rates, the region accounts for 62 percent of the world’s famine-affected population. The hotbed countries have a total population of 2.2 billion, making up 53.8 percent of the world population. Heyzer said the global economic crisis would not be contained if efforts to solve food crisis fail. She emphasised that the food crisis in the region have even turned into food crisis. The UN expert raised worries that food prices remained high as the economic downturn has driven an increasing number of people into unemployment and low incomes. The UN April 24 report has rung an alarm to the world against a fact that food crisis pose a real risk along with the current economic crisis, said Heyzer. Experts are worried over a relapse of a pressure on food price hike once the global economy rebounds. They also warned that protectionism policies would lead to a surge in food prices, causing a reverse impact on food security in Asia-Pacific as most of regional countries have to import food to meet domestic demand.... [read more]

The event aims to launch government initiatives proposed by the Prime Minster, Nguyen Tan Dung, at theninth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 9) which concluded in Vientiane, Laos on November 17. The ASEM initiative is sponsored by the highest number of member nations including the Philippines, Laos, Indonesia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, the EU and Pakistan. In his opening speech, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Pham Binh Minh, warned about severe natural disasters which are predicted to rise in both frequency and sphere of influence. Asia and Europe are described as the worst hit regions for natural disasters. The Asian Pacific region accounts for 70 per cent of global natural disasters, while two thirds of victims are in Asia alone. This is predominantly attributed to human behaviours such as industrialization, urbanization and rapid population growth, which in turn has resulted in climate change- the biggest conundrum of the 21st century. The world is facing huge challenges in fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 as well as efforts to reduce poverty, narrow development gaps and strengthen connectivity. Natural disaster is regarded as the fiercest non-traditional threat to security, hindering projects aimed at improving quality of life, ensuring sustainable economic development and boosting international economic links. Minh suggested ASEM members share education, knowledge and experience of natural disasters and collaborate on how to implement mitigation measures and build early warning systems for natural hazards. ASEM should take stronger actions in implementing the Unite Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's Hydro Framework…... [read more]

The statement said during his visit, Mr Manh held talks with Russian President D. A. Medvedev and met with X.M. Mironov, Chairman of the Federation Council of Russia and the Just Russia party; Chairman of the State Duma and President of the Supreme Council of the United Russia Party B.V. Gryzlov; Deputy Prime Minister A. D. Dukov and Foreign Minister X.V. Lavorov. Russian President Medvedev took this opportunity to award General Secretary Manh the Puskin Medal, a high distinction by the Russian State, for his great contribution to cultural development. In their talks, the two leaders shared satisfaction at a recent development of bilateral relations. They said the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia had constantly been diversified and improved in all fields, especially in key areas, ranging from energy, including nuclear energy for the sake of peace, to petroleum, military technology, transport, telecommunications, education, science and culture. They emphasised the significance of the high-ranking meeting which took place during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries and called for stronger efforts to be made to broaden and diversify bilateral relations, focusing on trade, investment and credits. They pointed out the need to speed up cooperation in oil and gas exploration and production inside Vietnam, Russia and the third countries. They called for stronger cooperation in power energy, including the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Vietnam and a nuclear research centre in the ASEAN country. The two leaders also agreed to…... [read more]

French businesses keen to invest in Vietnam Prospects for Vietnam-France ties under new French government According to Dung, the Vietnam-France cultural exchange year will last through early 2014 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries and mark the development of their bilateral cooperation. It is also a significant event which will open up opportunities to expand relationships between the two nations to various fields. Various activities such as exchanges of high-ranking delegations, economic forums, strategic dialogues, and meetings of joint committees on scientific and technological cooperation, as well as working sessions between the two countries’ ministries and agencies, are scheduled during the year. Ambassador Duong Chi Dung There will also be various cultural activities including art performances, exhibitions, film weeks, symposiums, and book and food festivals, he said. Regarding the Vietnam-France relationship, Ambassador Dung said President Francois Hollande’s administration has always attached importance to boosting ties with Vietnam. In a letter sent to State President Truong Tan Sang, President Hollande proposed that both countries promote exchanges of high-ranking delegations and raise their bilateral relationship to a new level, Dung said, adding that despite the economic crisis in Europe, France is trying to enhance ties with the Asian-Pacific region. In that context, he said, Vietnam-France cooperation and Vietnam’s positive role in ASEAN and the Francophone Community will help create favourable conditions for France to implement its policies in the region. The bilateral relationship has always been developed for mutual benefit. Two-way trade reached US$2.8 billion in…... [read more]

President Raul, who also acts as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC), made reference to the previous historical visit made by his predecessor Fidel Castro to liberated areas of Southern Vietnam four decades ago. The President applauded the remarkable achievements made by Vietnam over the past years and spoke of how the country is a valuable example to Cuba, which is currently undergoing a period of similar economic development. He praised the outcomes of the first theory seminar organized between the two Parties last year and urged the two sides to carefully but promptly prepare for the next one, scheduled to take place in Cuba in 2014. For his part, Anh informed his host of the agreements reached during his talks with Second Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Jose Ramon Machado and other Cuban Party, State and National Assembly leaders. He emphasized the support and solidarity from the Vietnamese people and Party to Cuba, and expressed his hope that the two nations can further boost their bilateral ties. The Party official thanked the Party, State and people of Cuba for their support to Vietnam during the war against the US, and their continued aid towards the country’s construction, development and defence. Fidel Castro’s statement that “For Vietnam, Cuba is ready to shed its blood” has always been remembered by the Vietnamese people and become a symbol of the sacred friendship between the two countries, he said. Host and guest shared their viewpoints…... [read more]

State President Truong Tan Sang will attend the 21st Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali, Indonesia, from October 6-8 at the invitation of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. With the theme “ Resilient Asia-Pacific: engine of global growth,” this year’s APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting will focus on the current global economic situation and APEC’s role in promoting the multilateral trade system, its vision in the evolving regional and global architectures, and sustainable growth in combination with equity, food security, water resources and energy. In an interview with VOV, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son spoke about the APEC cooperation and Vietnam’s role in this forum. VOV: Since its establishment, APEC has greatly contributed to regional connectivity. Could you please tell about the results of cooperation? Mr Son: Set up in 1989, APEC has increased free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Over the past 25 years, APEC has been seen as a springboard for promoting dynamic development of the Asia-Pacific region and regional economic linkage. APEC plays an important role in developing the multilateral trade system and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It has effectively implemented Bogor goals adopted in 1994 aiming to boost trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation until 2010 for developed members and 2020 for developing members. In the two past decades, regional average tax rate reduced by nearly half and trade increased by six times. Costs for trade exchange were slashed considerably as APEC minimised trade cost to five percent, once in 2006 and…... [read more]



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