Vietnam pledges to make active contributions to identifying future directions for ASEAN

11:28 | 01/07/2020

( - A launching ceremony of Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship was held in Hanoi on January 6. The event was under the chair of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaking at the event.

Addressing the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that throughout its 25 years of ASEAN membership, Vietnam has always made active and responsible contributions to ASEAN cooperation. He stressed that Vietnam has made active preparations for the ASEAN 2020 Chairmanship and stood ready to bolster the growth of the ASEAN Community with fellow members. He also called on all ASEAN members to join hands in supporting and building the ASEAN Community of solidarity, resilience and prosperity.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegates at the event.

As the ASEAN 2020 Chair, Vietnam will build on the achievements and the efforts of previous ASEAN Chairs and work with fellow members in identifying future directions for the ASEAN Community until 2025 and beyond, he said.

He added that peace, stability, solidarity, unity, prosperity and sustainability will remain the purpose, the identity and the overarching goal of the ASEAN Community. These values pave the way for ASEAN to forge for itself a new image, new standing and new role in the spirit of making active and responsible contributions to dialogue and cooperation at the global level.

According to him, the theme of ASEAN 2020 is “Cohesive and Responsive”, which is supported by the five priorities for 2020, identified with a view to meeting the long-term goals of ASEAN. The top priorities included: to actively contribute to a regional environment of peace, security and stability; to bring prosperity through regional integration and connectivity, heighten ASEAN’s adaptability to the 4th Industrial Revolution to grasp opportunities; to raise the awareness of ASEAN Community and Identity; to strengthen partnerships for peace and sustainable development, and promote the role and contribution of ASEAN in the international community; and to enhance the capacity and operational efficiency of ASEAN.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that Vietnam would make every effort to collaborate with fellow members to successfully accomplish the priorities of ASEAN 2020 as this shall serve as the country’s contribution towards a brighter future for ASEAN.

At the launching ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the delegates pressed the button to launch the ASEAN 2020 website.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegates pressing the button to launch the ASSEAN 2020 website.


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