Vietnamese PM proposes two key tasks of ASEAN at bloc’s 38th summit

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh proposed two key tasks that ASEAN should focus on doing in the time to come during the ongoing 38th ASEAN Summit on October 26.

Firstly, ASEAN needs a holistic, synchronous and flexible approach to COVID-19 control with the involvement of the entire community, with people and businesses being the centre and subject, and with the goal of addressing difficulties caused by the pandemic in the spirit of "benefits harmonised, risks shared".

For an effective implementation Chinh emphasised the need to improve the efficiency of coordination mechanisms, improve the capacity of the health system, be proactive in vaccines and treatment drugs and raise the people's awareness. On this occasion, he announced a list of medical supplies worth millions of US dollars to be contributed to the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies.

Secondly, the Vietnamese Government leader stressed the necessity for ASEAN to position itself in the world’s reshaping socio-economic relationship, and consolidate its role as the nucleus of dialogue, cooperation and multilateral and multi-layered economic integration processes in the region.

The bloc needs to consider taking advantage of new factors such as digital transformation, digital economy, circular economy, green technology, renewable energy and high-quality human resources to participate more deeply in regional and global supply chains and improve the attractiveness of the ASEAN market.

In order to continue implementing Vietnam’s priorities in the ASEAN Chairmanship year 2020, PM Chinh announced a plan to organise the ASEAN Forum on Sub-Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth on November 30 in Hanoi.

At the summit, leaders of ASEAN countries discussed efforts to build the community and respond to the pandemic. They agreed to ratify the ASEAN Travel Corridor Agreement Framework (ATCAF), and actively considered the possibility of mutual recognition and application of electronic vaccination certificates for people. The countries also suggested soon putting into operation the ASEAN Reserve for Medical Supplies and the ASEAN Centre for Response to Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED).

They approved, recognised and announced many important documents, such as the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on the Strategic and Holistic Initiative to Link ASEAN Responses to Emergencies and Disasters (ASEAN SHIELD), ASEAN Leaders' Declaration on Upholding Multilateralism, and ASEAN Leaders' Declaration on the Blue Economy.

ASEAN should play more active, responsible role in matters impacting on region

ASEAN should play more active, responsible role in matters impacting on region: PM hinh anh 1

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the 39th ASEAN Summit, which was held virtually on October 26. 

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should play a more active, proactive and responsible role in all issues impacting on the region, thus helping the ten-member bloc to maintain its centrality, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said at the 39th ASEAN Summit, which was held virtually on October 26.

Promoting its spirit of independence in behaviours and neutrality in addressing and balancing relations will help ASEAN avoid being passive in competition between powers, the PM said.

He, therefore, called on major countries participating in the region to show their sense of responsibility, respect international law, not to affect regional peace and stability, respect ASEAN’s role, and fully consult ASEAN through mechanisms established and led by the bloc.

PM Chinh stressed the need to uphold intra-bloc solidarity, core values and power, as well as responsibility and constructive spirit of all member countries, to help ASEAN reach consensus and carry forward its centrality and prestige.

 

The bloc should prove its mettle and self-reliance in maintaining peace, security and stability in the East Sea, he said.

While affirming Vietnam's principled stance on the East Sea, the PM suggested countries promote commitments to observing international law, act responsibly, practice self-restraint, take no actions that would cause tensions and complicate the situation, and cooperate in issues of shared concern like maritime environmental protection, illegal fishing combat and humanitarian aid to fishermen, among others.

He also proposed fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and reaching an effective and efficient Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) between ASEAN and China as soon as possible in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), which serves as a framework adjusting activities at sea.

PM Chinh expressed his sympathy with difficulties facing Myanmar, especially impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and called on parties to take action responsibly for the common interests of the region, push ahead with the implementation of the five-point consensus so that the bloc’s envoy can visit the country as soon as possible, and increase humanitarian aid to Myanmar people.

The participating leaders shared the view that ASEAN needs to work harder to strengthen and deepen its partnerships, encourage the partners to support and practically contribute to the building of the ASEAN Community, and join efforts to deal with emerging challenges, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic and comprehensive and sustainable recovery.

They welcomed the UK becoming the 11th dialogue partner of ASEAN in August 2021.

The leaders said amid the current difficulties, ASEAN’s centrality plays a key role that should be further consolidated and respected, and suggested promoting dialogue, trust building and cooperation for common interests.

They expressed their concern over the situation in the East Sea, including unilateral activities that have escalated tensions, eroded trust and destroyed the maritime environment.

The leaders reiterated the need to step up trust building, practice self-restraint, not to complicate the situation, and maintain peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea.

Leaders emphasised their stance on the settlement of disputes in the East Sea via peaceful measures on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS.

For the Myanmar matter, they agreed to provide more assistance for the country, affirming that solidarity is the key for ASEAN and Myanmar to find out effective solutions to the current complex issues in the country.

At the meeting, the ASEAN leaders also looked into other regional and international issues of shared concern, including the situation on the Korean Peninsula./.

Source: VNA

 
 

Other News

.
Vietnam calls on G7 to support safe vaccine access, distribution
Vietnam calls on G7 to support safe vaccine access, distribution
VIETNAM & WORLDicon  13/12/2021 

At the meeting, the G7 countries affirmed their support for ASEAN’s central role, emphasized the importance of relations with the bloc, and pledged to actively participate in and contribute to ASEAN-led mechanisms.

Opportunities for ASEAN’s recovery after the pandemic
Opportunities for ASEAN’s recovery after the pandemic
FEATUREicon  13/12/2021 

Two senior diplomats talk with VietNamNet about the topic “ASEAN recovers after the pandemic”.

Top Vietnamese legislator arrives in Seoul, beginning official visit to RoK
Top Vietnamese legislator arrives in Seoul, beginning official visit to RoK
POLITICSicon  12/12/2021 

Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese legislature arrived at Incheon International Airport in Seoul on December 12 afternoon,

NA Chairman sets off for official visits to RoK, India
NA Chairman sets off for official visits to RoK, India
POLITICSicon  12/12/2021 

Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese NA left Hanoi on December 12 morning for official visits to the Republic of Korea (RoK) and India.

People aged 18 and older must receive two full jabs of COVID vaccines by late Dec: PM
People aged 18 and older must receive two full jabs of COVID vaccines by late Dec: PM
POLITICSicon  11/12/2021 

PM Pham Minh Chinh has underlined the necessity of providing two injections for people over 18 years old, as well as a third jab for those who need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than December 31.

Vietnam nominated as co-chair of OECD's Southeast Asia programme for first time
Vietnam nominated as co-chair of OECD's Southeast Asia programme for first time
POLITICSicon  11/12/2021 

Vietnam and Australia have been nominated as co-chairs of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development-run Southeast Asia Regional Programme for 2022-2025.

Vaccine passport to be issued soon: spokeswoman
Vaccine passport to be issued soon: spokeswoman
FEATUREicon  10/12/2021 

Authorities are urgently completing software to be used to issue vaccine passports forms that meet international standards, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang.

Vietnam responds to US-ASEAN summit rumours, not being invited to the US-led Summit for Democracy
Vietnam responds to US-ASEAN summit rumours, not being invited to the US-led Summit for Democracy
POLITICSicon  10/12/2021 

Vietnam’s policy is to build “a Socialist democracy in tandem with upholding people’s rights to democracy in all aspects of their social life.”

Nearly 200,000 Vietnamese citizens flown home from abroad: spokeswoman
Nearly 200,000 Vietnamese citizens flown home from abroad: spokeswoman
POLITICSicon  10/12/2021 

Vietnamese authorities and representative agencies abroad have worked closely with domestic and foreign airlines to conduct over 800 flights carrying home nearly 200,000 Vietnamese citizens from over 60 countries and territories.

Lawmakers agree to issue Resolution on policies, mechanisms for COVID-19 fight
Lawmakers agree to issue Resolution on policies, mechanisms for COVID-19 fight
POLITICSicon  09/12/2021 

The National Assembly Standing Committee offered opinions on the adoption of health care policies and mechanisms in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic during a meeting in Hanoi on December 8.

Automatic stay extension for foreigners stranded due to COVID-19
Automatic stay extension for foreigners stranded due to COVID-19
POLITICSicon  09/12/2021 

The Department of Immigration has issued a notice on automatic extension of stay for foreigners stranded due to COVID-19.

Sovereignty over cyberspace an important part of national sovereignty: official
Sovereignty over cyberspace an important part of national sovereignty: official
POLITICSicon  09/12/2021 

Ensuring sovereignty in cyberspace helps to protect national sovereignty, said head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Information and Education Nguyen Trong Nghia.

Vietnam urges enhanced awareness, enforcement of UNCLOS
Vietnam urges enhanced awareness, enforcement of UNCLOS
POLITICSicon  09/12/2021 

Vietnam called for promoting the awareness and enforcement of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) while attending a plenary meeting at the UN General Assembly’s 76th session on December 7.

Vietnam, New Zealand sign action programme to promote strategic partnership
Vietnam, New Zealand sign action programme to promote strategic partnership
POLITICSicon  09/12/2021 

Vietnam and New Zealand on December 8 signed the Vietnam - New Zealand Action Program for the 2021-2024 period through an online platform, with a view to carrying out the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Urgent issues expected to be submitted to NA’s extraordinary session
Urgent issues expected to be submitted to NA’s extraordinary session
POLITICSicon  08/12/2021 

The 15th National Assembly (NA) will consider a range of important issues that will be submitted to the legislature by the Government for consideration and decision at the next extraordinary meeting scheduled to take place in the coming time.

Party Chief highlights traditional friendship with Laos
Party Chief highlights traditional friendship with Laos
POLITICSicon  08/12/2021 

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong met Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Xaysomphone Phomvihane in Hanoi on Tuesday.

WHO hails Vietnam’s willingness to share technologies in COVID-19 fight
WHO hails Vietnam’s willingness to share technologies in COVID-19 fight
POLITICSicon  08/12/2021 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has highly valued Vietnam’s innovation spirit and willingness to share COVID-19 prevention and control technologies.

Vietnam's top leaders welcome Lao National Assembly President
Vietnam's top leaders welcome Lao National Assembly President
POLITICSicon  07/12/2021 

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of prioritising and developing special solidarity with Laos while receiving President of the Lao National Assembly Saysomphone Phomvihane in Hanoi on Monday.

NA Chairman: fiscal policy plays leading role in harmonization with monetary policy
NA Chairman: fiscal policy plays leading role in harmonization with monetary policy
FEATUREicon  07/12/2021 

National Assembly Chair Vuong Dinh Hue has asked commercial banks to share difficulties with businesses, stressing that such support will also help themselves and that banks cannot have profits without businesses.

Government urged to launch economic stimulus package
Government urged to launch economic stimulus package
FEATUREicon  06/12/2021 

National Assembly deputies have recommended that the Government design an economic stimulus package, but both the Government and the National Assembly have yet to discuss the topic.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN