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Vietnam Works Aggressively on Preparation on ASEAN 2020 Chairmanship

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019

The launching ceremony of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee was recently held in Hanoi under the Prime Minister's Decision 1743/QD-TTg of December 14, 2018, and is responsible for assisting the Prime Minister in directing, urging, coordinating and guiding ministries and agencies concerning work related to the preparation and implementation of ASEAN Chairmanship of Vietnam in 2020.

According to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, after more than 50 years of development, ASEAN has been very successful with its increasing role, position and prestige in the region and the world. The ASEAN Community was established in 2015, becoming a "good home" for people in the region, where peoples live in peace, stability, cooperation and development. The development path of ASEAN over the past 20 years has registered Vietnam's contribution. “Vietnam's role as ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 is important, both as a responsibility and an opportunity to enhance Vietnam's position and role regionally and internationally. 2020 is also a year with many great milestones for both Vietnam and ASEAN,” Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed.

Prime Minister Phuc affirmed that Vietnam always identified ASEAN as a top priority, a "cornerstone" in multilateral diplomacy, as shown in the spirit of Directive 25 of the CPV Secretariat on promoting and raising the multilateral policy until 2030, the guideline for multilateral foreign activities for more than 10 years to come. Vietnam wishes to continue to contribute substantially to the process of building and developing the ASEAN solidarity and raising a central role in the region, towards a harmonious, cohesive, increasingly prosperous and adaptable ASEAN closely engaged in solving global problems. Vietnam will work its best to make the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 a success.

Prime Minister Phuc stressed that the first requirement is to clearly make the strategic importance of ASEAN and the opportunities and benefits that ASEAN generates, thereby stimulating initiative, creativity, cooperation and action. Prime Minister urged related agencies to work hard to fulfill the ASEAN Chairman's responsibility for 2020 with three successes: success in content, success in ensuring security, safety, respect for reception, and success in promoting Vietnamese image, identity, country and people amongst the ASEAN Community.

The National ASEAN 2020 Committee, established under Decision 1743/QD-TTg dated December 14, 2018 of the Prime Minister, is responsible for assisting the Prime Minister in directing, urging, coordinating and guiding the Ministries, agencies and localities on working fields related to the preparation and implementation of ASEAN Chairmanship of Vietnam in 2020. The National ASEAN 2020 Committee includes the Chairman being Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh; three Vice Chairmen being Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung. The other 25 members are leaders of ministries and agencies participating in ASEAN cooperation.

The committee is made up of five subcommittees in charge of the contents, protocol issues, communications and culture, materials and logistics, and security and health care, along with the National ASEAN 2020 Secretariat.

Immediately following the launch ceremony, the National Committee convened its first session, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh as Chairman of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee. The focus of the meeting was discussing issues related to strengthening the organisational structure and work plan of the ASEAN 2020 National Committee, orientation on the roadmap to build topics, priority priorities, roadmap for preparation and implementation of the role of Chairman ASEAN 2020.

It is expected that the National Committee's work plan will have about nine regular meetings from now until the end of December 2020; unify the approach and develop the theme orientation and priority focus for the ASEAN Chairmanship 2020 so that the ministries and agencies concerned can gradually develop ideas and initiatives. In addition, the meeting also agreed on advocacy guidelines and roadmap for the preparation and implementation of the ASEAN Chairmanship 2020, in order to widely inform local people about this important event as well as promote the image of the country, enhance Vietnam's position in the international community.

Quynh Anh

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