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ASEAN looks towards sustainable energy future

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Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Dang Hoang An chaired a press conference in Hanoi on November 20 to inform about major contents of the joint statement of the 38th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM).

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Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Dang Hoang An at the event (Photo: VNA)

AMEM-38 had the theme “Energy Transition Towards Sustainable Development”, An said.

At the meeting, ministers committed to ASEAN energy transition towards a sustainable energy future amid unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

They adopted the second phase of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation for the 2021-2025 period, which is the latest plan as part of efforts to realise the ASEAN Economic Community vision for energy sector.

The theme of the second phase is “Enhancing energy connectivity and, market integration in ASEAN to achieve energy security, accessibility, affordability and sustainability for all” with a new sub-theme of “Accelerating energy transition and strengthening energy resilience through greater innovation and cooperation.”

In particular, the regional energy cooperation will continue pursuing seven programmes on the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation, the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline, energy efficiency and preservation, renewable energy, regional energy and policy making, coal and clean coal energy, and civil nuclear energy.

The ministers said ASEAN will reach 13.3 percent of total primary energy supply and 27.1 percent of installed energy capacity compared to 2018, An noted.

They pledged to increase renewable energy by 23 percent and installed energy by 35 percent by 2025.

In the joint statement, they vowed to promote technological solutions as well as research and development on renewable energy. They acknowledged efforts to develop support networks such as focus group discussions on the framework of regional renewable energy research and development networks with the ASEAN-Germany Energy Programme (AGEP).

On clean coal technology, the ministers looked into the 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook (AEO6) and agreed to optimise the role of clean coal technology, including carbon capture, utilisation and storage.

They acknowledged the success of the virtual ASEAN round-table conference on coal trade in July with nearly 200 coal businesses taking part.

Regarding civil nuclear energy, they reached consensus on promoting regional initiatives to improve the capacity of human resources for nuclear science and energy generation technology.

An said during AMEM-38 and related meetings, participants reviewed the first phase (2016-2020) of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation for the 2016-2025 period.

Accordingly, regional energy intensity decreased by 21.4 percent this year compared to 2005, surpassing the initial target of 20 percent. Nine liquefied natural gas centres were established with a total capacity of 38.75 million tonnes each year.

After 2020, power grid connectivity projects are expected to increase power to 16,000 MW.

The rate of renewable energy in regional energy structure has been increasingly higher, towards the goal of raising renewable energy by 23 percent by 2025./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/asean-looks-towards-sustainable-energy-future-690432.html

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Vietnam to continue with efforts to realise APEC Vision 2040: Official

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APEC leaders recently adopted the APEC Vision 2040, and Vietnam will actively contribute to its realisation to help build an open, dynamic, resilient, and peaceful Asia-Pacific community, according to Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.

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Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (Photo: VNA)

Founded in 1989, APEC comprises 21 economies: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan (China), Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.

In an article on the APEC Vision 2040, Son noted that the vision was adopted at the 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on November 20, marking the starting point of a new journey of cooperation towards an open, dynamic, resilient, and peaceful Asia-Pacific community.

Amid complex and unpredictable developments in the region and the world, multilateral cooperation has become more urgent than ever. The APEC Vision 2040 has given new impetus to regional cooperation and economic connectivity while affirming APEC’s role as the leading mechanism of economic connectivity and consolidating trust in multilateralism, he said.

Only five years after its inception, at the second APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Indonesia’s Bogor city in November 1994, participants approved the Bogor Goals, targeting liberalised trade and investment for developed economies by 2010 and for developing countries by 2020.

These goals became the “lodestar” for APEC activities over the last two decades, turning the forum into an increasingly cohesive market and a leading mechanism for guiding regional trade and investment liberalisation, thus contributing to peace, stability, and development in the Asia-Pacific, the Deputy Minister noted.

In the APEC Vision 2040, leaders of member economies stated: “Our vision is an open, dynamic, resilient, and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040, for the prosperity of all our people and future generations.”

Amid a profoundly changing world, an evolving new regional architecture, a science and technology boom, and complex developments from global challenges, this vision sends a strong message affirming that members continue to attach great importance to the Asia-Pacific and APEC, Son said.

With a commitment to maintaining APEC’s voluntary, non-binding, and consensus-building principles, leaders identified three drivers for achieving the vision: trade and investment, innovation and digitalisation, and strong, balanced, secure, sustainable, and inclusive growth.

These important cooperative pillars will guarantee sustainable growth in the Asia-Pacific as well as the dynamism and resilience of the APEC community, Son went on.

The Deputy Minister held that together with the Hanoi Declaration on the ASEAN Community’s Post-2025 Vision, adopted at the 37th ASEAN Summit in November, the building and implementation of the APEC Vision 2040 will continue to affirm member economies’ cooperative spirit and responsible contributions for the sake of prosperous development, peace, and stability in the Asia-Pacific over the next two decades.

In his article, the official pointed out that during the more than 20 years of its proactive, active, dynamic, and creative membership of APEC, Vietnam has left many considerable imprints on the forum’s development process.

As the host of APEC activities in 2006, Vietnam proposed the idea of an Asia-Pacific free trade area, which has been identified as one of the orientations for the region over the next 20 years.

It again asserted its foothold in the APEC cooperation process via the Da Nang Declaration adopted at the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in 2017. This affirmed the resolve to promote economic connectivity and initiatives on inclusive economic, financial, and social development, along with human resources development in the digital age.

Notably, Vietnam also suggested the formation of the APEC Vision Group to launch discussions on the building of a post-2020 vision, Son wrote.

Over the last three years, the country has continued making practical and outstanding contributions to this building process, he noted, adding that as deputy head of the APEC Vision Group, it worked to promote consensus during the compilation of the group’s report. It also joined other ASEAN members to propose ideas that suited the common interest to promote the role of the Asia-Pacific, centred on people and securing inclusive and sustainable development.

Vietnam’s proposals and ideas were included in the APEC Vision 2040, Son noted.

With its stature and power from nearly 35 years of reforms and over 20 years of APEC membership, he concluded, Vietnam will continue its active contributions to the implementation of the APEC Vision 2040, thereby helping realise shared visions and aspirations and turning them into “fruits of peace, stability, and happiness for all our people” as Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at the 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnam-to-continue-with-efforts-to-realise-apec-vision-2040-official-694229.html

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Vietnamese leaders congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden

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Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on November 30 sent congratulations to Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. on his election as President of the US.

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US President- electJoseph Robinette Biden Jr. (Source: AP)

In their congratulatory messages, the Vietnamese leaders expressed their belief that on the basis of bilateral relations built over the last 25 years, the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership will continue developing in a result-oriented, effective, and sustainable manner, benefiting the two peoples as well as peace, security, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

The same day, Vice State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh also extended congratulations to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

On this occasion, the Vietnamese leaders invited the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the US to visit Vietnam at an early date./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnamese-leaders-congratulate-us-president-elect-joe-biden-694227.html

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Vietnam treasures solidarity, friendship with Cuba: Deputy PM

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Vietnam and Cuba have enjoyed a special friendship, solidarity and mutual trust in the past six decades, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on December 1.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Attending a meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic relations, Minh stressed Vietnam always treasures the valuable assistance from Cuba to the Southeast Asian nation during its struggle for independence as well as the cause of national construction and defence.

Together with the whole-hearted support in the fields of politics and foreign affairs, Cuba sent thousands of engineers, workers, doctors and experts to Vietnam, while helping the country train thousands of students and assisting it with a wide range of equipment, machines, medicines and food even in the time when Cuba faced formidable challenges, he added.

In return, Vietnam has stood shoulder to shoulder with Cuba when the latter is in difficult socio-economic situation, he said, highlighting Vietnam shared reform experience with Cuba when the nation started the update of economic model in 2011, provides stable supply of rice for the nation, and helps it with many practical cooperation programmes.

Minh affirmed Cuba remains an important and trustworthy partner of Vietnam, and both sides have developed a close-knit friendship and cooperation between the two parties, governments, parliaments, and localities.

He laid a stress on the firm determination of leaders of both sides to make the bilateral relations deeper, more stable and sustainable; and develop the economic ties on par with the political relations for the cause of national construction and development in each nation, as well as for peace, stability, cooperation and development in two regions and the world.

Meanwhile, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Nguyen Phuong Nga said that the Vietnam-Cuba friendship has become a symbol for international solidarity during the struggle for independence, freedom, sovereignty and right of self-determination for all peoples.

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President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Nguyen Phuong Nga  (Photo: VNA)

Over the past 60 years, the Vietnamese and Cuban peoples have stood side by side to overcome all challenges, she added.

Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera said the two nations have maintained comprehensive collaboration, with the engagement of many organisations.

She hailed Vietnam’s stance of supporting the Cuban people in the struggle against the US’s blockade and embargo.

The diplomat added a range of activities were organised in celebration of the diplomatic ties, including online conferences, photo exhibitions, painting contests, friendship meetings, cultural exchanges, and insignia presentation, among others./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnam-treasures-solidarity-friendship-with-cuba-deputy-pm-694231.html

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