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Cooperation among Asean pillars key to success

HANOI (Vietnam News) -- Collaboration among the three pillars of the Asean Community-political security, economics, and socio-cultural issues-determines Asean’s success and should be promoted, said Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of Vietnam- Asean Senior Officials’ Meeting.

Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (standing) chairs the conference. --Photo VNA/VNS

He spoke at a conference on Asean Community pillars held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday in Hanoi on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Asean’s founding. Representatives of relevant Government ministries and sectors engaged in the three pillars of Asean Community attended the event to review Vietnam’s participation and to plan tasks for the upcoming time.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Pham Binh Minh said that this year, import and export turnover between Vietnam and Asean have increased, showing Việt Nam’s integration into the wider Asean market.
Vietnam successfully hosted APEC 2017, giving Vietnam experience that will be useful when it takes over Asean Chairmanship in 2020, he said.
Deputy Foreign Minister Dũng said “Asean cooperation has great potential. Coherence and integration are still common priorities. Cooperation for development is a primary tool to reach Asean goals. Asean continues to play an important role in the policies of its partners, especially major countries.”
In terms of political and security cooperation towards the goal of building a rules-based, people-oriented and people-centred community, the Master Plan on Asean Connectivity 2025 has been implemented effectively. This has contributed to forming the identities of the Asean Political-Security Community, strengthening Asean self-reliance and maintaining regional peace, security and stability and intensifying external relations, Dũng said.
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said that Asean economic cooperation had achieved practical outcomes, contributing significantly to Asean growth.
However, Asean economic cooperation also faced numerous challenges, such as rising protectionism,  lesser attention given to multilateral cooperation in favor of bilateral negotiations and a lack of spearheaded projects to make joint economic plans meet their goals, he said.
Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Hong Lan proposed focusing on raising Asean awareness among the public and developing personnel capacity.
Participants agreed that Vietnam’s 22-year membership in Asean has brought about important and practical benefits to the country, including creating a stable environment for socio-economic development, protecting national sovereignty and security, strengthening international integration and enhancing Vietnam’s international position.

(Latest Update
December 28,

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