return icon

Vietnam makes proposals at ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting

Vietnam will take actions to speed up the narrowing of development gap in ASEAN, especially in enhancing sub-regional cooperation by holding an ASEAN Forum on narrowing development gaps between sub-regions for comprehensive recovery.

Vietnam makes proposals at ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting hinh anh 1

Participants at ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (Photo: VNA)

The statement was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung at the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (ASEAN SOM) held via videoconference on April 7.

Dung reaffirmed Vietnam’s support for and commitments to ASEAN’s cooperation priorities and initiatives in 2021.

These priorities and initiatives need to rely on achievements gained by the bloc in 2020, particularly in Community building, COVID-19 prevention and control, and post-pandemic recovery.

At the meeting, participating countries also reaffirmed their backing for the initiatives proposed by Brunei, ASEAN Chair in 2021, including promoting multilateralism, improving the effectiveness of the bloc’s humanitarian assistance and emergency response, and sea-based economic cooperation.
In response to COVID-19, they agreed to continue prioritising efforts to control the pandemic, prevent new waves of infection, overcome the consequences of the pandemic and speed up economic recovery.

Accordingly, ASEAN will focus on implementing the Comprehensive Recovery Framework, with the focus on remote areas and the most vulnerable groups, using 10.5 million USD from the COVID-19 Response Fund to buy vaccines, contributing more to the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies and discussing the establishment of the ASEAN travel corridor. The countries also shared the need to ensure equal access to vaccines and raise voice against “vaccine nationalism”.

The meeting reviewed ASEAN’s cooperation relations with partners, including proposals to upgrade relations with ASEAN, and highlighted the importance of ensuring the central role as well as the overall external relations of ASEAN.

Regarding regional and international issues, delegates expressed concerns over recent complicated developments in the East Sea, including the threats, coercion and violations of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which affect regional peace and security, run counter to commitments in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and create an unfavorable atmosphere for negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). They emphasised the need to restrain, avoid complicating the situation, promote international law and UNCLOS 1982, continue implementing the DOC fully and effectively, and gradually resume negotiations for an effective and valid COC in conformity with international law and UNCLOS 1982.


Vietnam makes proposals at ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting hinh anh 2

Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung speaks at the meeting (Photo: VNA)


The Vietnamese representative suggested ASEAN maintain its solidarity and principled stance, and make efforts to negotiate to build an effective and substantive COC in accordance with international law including the 1982 Convention.

For the Myanmar situation, participants agreed that complicated developments over the past time, including increasing violence and human losses, affect not only Myanmar but also cooperation and solidarity, the image and reputation of ASEAN. They stressed the need for ASEAN to continue all efforts to support Myanmar to overcome difficulties.

The Vietnam SOM head affirmed Vietnam’s support for ASEAN’s application of methods in approaching the Myanmar situation. Vietnam will work together with other member countries to actively support Myanmar to overcome current difficulties for the sake of peace, reconciliation and stability in the region, he stated, adding that as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Vietnam has also informed and updated the council on the bloc’s efforts to assist Myanmar./. VNA


VN to improve science and technology market to reduce reliance on imports

Vietnam plans to focus on improving the science and technology market with the establishment of three trading platforms in order to reduce reliance on imports, Minister of Science and Technology Huynh Thanh Dat has said.

Vietnam may not reach goal of 5 million int’l visitors in 2022

Vietnam’s tourism industry aims to serve 60 million domestic tourists in 2022. By the end of July, the figure was already over 71 million visitors.

Vietnam sets course for zero carbon shipping by 2030

The Ministry of Transport has recently issued a plan with supportive measures for vessel owners to develop container ships with zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Profits from advertising flow into pockets of foreign OTT companies

Cross-border OTT television services are competing unfairly with Vietnamese firms, analysts say.

Ho Chi Minh City to set up large economic zone in 4 districts

HCM City plans to establish an economic zone of ​​up to 26,000 hectares in ​​four districts in the 2025 - 2030 period.

Colorful crabs raised as pets by animal lover

Dogs as pets, sure. Cats, absolutely. Birds and rabbits, of course. But crabs? Really? It turns out that one man in Hanoi is so crazy for crabs he has dozens upon dozens of them as pets.

Vietnamese GDP set to rank third in ASEAN by 2027

Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP) in ASEAN is expected to expand considerably over the next five years, with its rankings rising from sixth this year to third by 2027, according to the latest forecast made by the IMF.

Attractive sites in HCM City vandalised with graffiti

Multiple sites in HCM City, including bus stops, metro trains and the newly opened Thu Thiem 2 Bridge, have been vandalised with graffiti.

FDI poured into real estate sector doubles

Real estate sector attracted 3.5 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) the first nine months of this year, accounting for mearly 19% of total FDI that the country lured in the period, coming second among sectors in terms of FDI attraction.

Gia Lai province has new Chairman

The Government has confirmed Mr. Truong Hai Long as new Chairman of the Gia Lai provincial People's Committee.

Investors dump shares in panic, VN-Index drops nearly 46 points

The VN-Index officially lost the 1,110-point mark, retreating to the bottom made in February 2021 in the first trading session of October on October 3.

First Vietnam monkeypox case returns from Dubai

The Ministry of Health confirmed on October 3 that a woman returning from Dubai has infected with the monkeypox virus, the first case recorded in Vietnam so far.

Coca-Cola injects US$136 million into Long An plant

Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Co., Ltd is poised to start development on a beverage factory with total investment capital exceeding US$136 million in Phu An Thanh Industrial Park of Ben Luc district in the southern province of Long An.

List of 48 websites showing signs of law violation announced

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)’ Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information has announced a list of 48 websites showing signs of law violations as of the end of the third quarter.

Secretary of Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee expelled from Party

The Party Central Committee decided to expel Secretary of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Pham Xuan Thang from the Party during the first working day of its sixth plenum in Hanoi on October 3.