Vietnam-Indonesia relationship contributes to ASEAN development: diplomat

The Cuban minister made thestatement at a meeting with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh inJakarta , Indonesia , last week.At the event, RodriguezParrilla recalled the long-standing diplomatic relations between Cubaand nations in Southeast Asia, including at international forums suchas the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and Group 77.Forhis part, the ASEAN Chief encouraged Cuba, as the first step, to soonaccredit an ambassador to ASEAN to further promote bilateral cooperationbetween the two sides in the areas of mutual interest, particularly thefields which Cuba has expertise such as public health, medicine,agriculture, education and sports.During the meeting, the ASEANChief and Cuban…... [read more]

Addressing the event, Vietnamese ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Minh Tri stressed Viet Nam’s active and responsible contributions to building a strong, united and closely linked ASEAN community with an increasingly important position in the region and the world, for prosperous development of each member country, for regional peace, stability and cooperation.   Enhancing collaboration with ASEAN member countries has been part of Viet Nam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification, multilateralization and active integration into the region and the world, Tri said.   The diplomat expressed his hope that embassies of Viet Nam, Indonesia and Malaysia will continue cooperation in mutual understanding to…... [read more]

NDO – On the occasion of the Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) hosting the ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the CAJ’s establishment and the 18th General Assembly of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ), reporter Hanh Vu from Nhan Dan interviewed several delegates attending the two events. ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh: Journalists play a role in encouraging people to build and develop the ASEAN CommunityThroughout its history of establishment and development, the CAJ has made important contributions to boosting co-operation and tightening relations among regional journalists for afree and responsible press to form an important part in…... [read more]

The General Secretary of the CommunistParty of Vietnam Nong Duc Manh, will pay an official visit to Laos fromApril 13-15 at the invitation of Lao Party General Secretary and StatePresident Choummaly Sayasone.This is General Secretary Manh’s second visit to Laos since October2006 and takes place at a special time as the Champa flower countrywelcomes in its traditional new year festival. The visit is to reaffirm and contribute to enhancing the traditionalfriendship, special solidarity, comprehensive cooperation and trustbetween the two parties, states and peoples of Vietnam and Laos .It also shows Vietnam ’s support for Laos during its nationalconstruction and renewal…... [read more]

Participants at the event. (Photo: VNA)Female ambassadors, wives of ambassadors and female diplomats from ASEAN countries in New Zealand gathered for an exchange held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Wellington on September 21. Wife of the Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Bui Thi Minh Tuyet said that activities within the framework of the ASEAN Ladies’ Circle (ALC) like this will help intensify mutual understanding and solidarity between women of ASEAN diplomatic offices in New Zealand. The establishment of the ALC and its regular exchanges are significant, especially as the ASEAN Community forms at the end of this year, she affirmed.…... [read more]

Myanmar’s President U Htin Kyaw (Photo: AFP/VNA)Hanoi (VNA) – Myanmar’s President U Htin Kyaw on August 8 pledged to work for the development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) basing on principles.He also called for support for Myanmar people during their nation-building process, which, he said, will contribute to the success of ASEAN. In a message delivered on ASEAN’s 49th founding anniversary, President U Htin Kyaw said 2016 features the first year of ASEAN operating as a single community and it kick-started the process to realise the ASEAN Community Vision towards 2025.He noted Myanmar is proud of the…... [read more]

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, also co-chaired a meeting with economic ministers of the 10 ASEAN member states during which senior officials were tasked with preparing terms of reference for a feasibility study on the merits of a free trade agreement (FTA) between Canada and this dynamic and fast-growing ASEAN region of over 600 million consumers. The joint feasibility study will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with a possible FTA. These new initiatives will elevate the Canada-ASEAN partnership to new heights by strengthening engagement and expanding the economic relationship. “Strengthening commercial ties with ASEAN is part…... [read more]

Djauhari Oratmangun, Directorate-General of ASEAN Cooperation under the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made this statement to mark the 15th anniversary of Vietnam’s joining ASEAN (July 28).He said Vietnam has made great contribution to ASEAN joint achievements, especially as ASEAN chair in 2010, adding that together with other members, Vietnam has detailed plans for the establishment of an ASEAN community in 2015 based on three pillars of Politic-Security, Economic and Socio-Cultural communities.ASEAN leaders should give top priority to the establishment of an ASEAN community, he said.Mr. Oratmangun promised that Indonesia will try its best to assist Vietnam when it takes over…... [read more]

According to the diplomat, in the past year, the two countries fosteredtheir ties across the board through various channels and at all levels,prominently through the Party, State, National Assembly, Government, andmass organisations. Concerted efforts were made byboth sides since the beginning of the year to realise their high-levelcooperative agreements and the process was thoroughly supervised tillthe yearend, Hung stressed. In the year, a largenumber of visits, mostly at the high-ranking level, were exchanged,focusing on the sharing of experience in Party building andmacro-economic management as well as in tackling socio-economicdevelopment issues. Vietnam maintained as one of thethree biggest investors in Laos…... [read more]

Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung and delegates.—VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam DA NANG (VNS)— Viet Nam will work with ASEAN nations to develop healthy insurance markets, especially to work out drastic measures on management, supervision and early warning systems for insurance in the region.The statement was made yesterday by deputy general director of the Ministry of Finance's Insurance Supervision Authority, Phung Ngoc Khanh, while talking with Viet Nam News.Khanh, who took part in the 16th ASEAN Insurance regulator meeting and the 39th ASEAN Insurance council meeting in central Da Nang City, said Viet Nam had actively co-operated with Thailand,…... [read more]