Secretary General of the National Assembly (NA) and Head of the NA Office Nguyen Hanh Phuc proposed the 10th session of the 14th legislature be held over the course of 18 days in both teleconference and in-person forms,
while addressing the NA Standing Committee’s 46th session on July 14.
Overview of the closing session of the NA’s ninth session (Source: VNA)
Phuc suggested that the first stage be held online over nine days, from October 19 to October 28, with lawmakers then meeting for another nine days from November 3 to 12.
He said Q&A sessions should be organised over three days during the first stage to give relevant agencies time to prepare a resolution regarding the sessions before submitting it to the NA for approval in the second stage.
However, the heads of several NA committees proposed holding Q&A sessions in the second stage to help heat up the 10th session’s agenda.
Regarding the outcomes of the ninth session – the first to be held in both teleconference and in-person forms due to COVID-19 – Phuc said it was a success, with the entire agenda completed and ten laws and 21 resolutions adopted. VNA
ASEAN contributes to peace, stability of world and region
During its 53 years of constant development, ASEAN has been affirming its position in the region and the world.
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On the occasion of the Association’s founding anniversary (August 8), Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Ibnu Hadi has granted an interview to Vietnam News Agency on the development of ASEAN as well as Vietnam’s contributions to the bloc during its term as ASEAN’s rotating chair in 2020.
Looking back on the history of ASEAN since its foundation in 1967, Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Ibnu Hadi recalls the bloc’s constant development in all spheres, including socio-politics, economics and trading, contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world.
Commenting on Vietnam’s performance as the bloc’s rotating chair during the first half of this year, the Ambassador says despite upheavals on the world scale due to COVID-19 since March, most ASEAN’s processes have been conducted on time under Vietnam’s leadership.
He also voices opportunities and challenges facing ASEAN after 2025. Among which, one of the main challenges is maintaining regional peace and stability, according to the Ambassador./VNA
Vietnam maintains ASEAN cooperation process despite pandemic: Indonesian ambassador
As rotating ASEAN Chair 2020, Vietnam has made great efforts to ensure the bloc’s cooperation activities take place in a timely manner amid the COVID-19 pandemic, affirmed Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Ibnu Hadi.
Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Ibnu Hadi (R) (Photo: VNA)
Granting an interview to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the 53rd founding anniversary of ASEAN (August 8, 1967-2020), Ambassador Ibnu Hadi stressed that since its establishment, ASEAN has grown tremendously and significantly in terms of positive significant development.
“During its cause of development, a lot of progresses have been achieved in terms of political and security with its Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC). This is like a tool created by ASEAN to contribute to the peace and stability of the world and our region,” he noted.
Emphasising the importance of TAC, which was signed on February 24, 1976 by ASEAN member countries, he said the treaty is now joined by 40 countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
In terms of economic and trade, the ambassador said ASEAN already created the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) in 1992 and it has been fully implemented, including for the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam).
“We are aiming to have the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Hopefully, that can be signed during the Vietnam’s ASEAN chairmanship by the end of this year. And if that is the case, that will give the strong boost for more economic development for our region,” he added.
In terms of socio-cultural development, the ASEAN Community has already been adopted as a single community, he said, adding that the grouping should encourage more people-to-people contact in order that ASEAN is not only government to government but also people to people. Interactions between people, not only tourism, but also culture, education must be further enhanced.
Regarding the contributions made by Vietnam as rotating ASEAN Chair 2020, especially when the COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging, Ibnu Hadi said Vietnam has shown not only to the ASEAN countries but also to the rest of the world that it’s a good example of how to tackle the COVID-19.
Acknowledging Vietnam’s initiatives to help ASEAN combat the pandemic, he said the country issued the ASEAN’s chairmanship statement on COVID-19 and also organized the online ASEAN 3 Summit (with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea) in April.
“It is ASEAN’s special summit on COVID-19 during which we discussed and came up with some solutions and agreements. During the last ASEAN Summit at the end of June, we issued the ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement on a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN. I believe that among others, we are all committed to tackling the new emerging issues by the COVID-19,” he said.
“So a lot have been contributed by Vietnam to ASEAN,” he stated, expressing his belief that under Vietnam’s chairmanship which lasts until December, ASEAN will have another summit in November and hopefully, the RCEP will be signed.
He also hoped ASEAN will have some progress on the Code of Conduct that is the continuation of the Declaration of the Conducts on the South China Sea (East Sea).
The Indonesian diplomat highlighted Vietnam’s efforts and initiatives in maintaining the cooperation process of ASEAN in the context of COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, there is a COVID-19 outbreak since March. So since then, most of the process of the ASEAN is conducted online. But thanks to Vietnam, all of these processes can be conducted on time,” he noted.
Regarding challenges and opportunities to the ASEAN Community after 2025, Ibnu Hadi stressed that the challenge number one post-2025 is to maintain the peace and stability of this region.
“When we talk about peace and stability, we have to talk about the peace process and peace conditions of our region, not only on land but also in the sea. In the sea we must discuss the East Sea, or South China Sea,” he said.
He held that beyond 2025, not only the completion of the Code of Conduct but how to implement it on the ground are very crucial.
The Indonesian ambassador expected that in the future, ASEAN will consider how to make cooperation agreements with other countries to become a production hub in the Asian region./.VNA
Remarks by Deputy PM Phạm Bình Minh as ASEAN celebrates its 53th founding anniversary
Remarks by the ASEAN Chair 2020 Phạm Bình Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Socialist Republic of Việt Nam on the occasion of the 53rd ASEAN Day Online Celebration on August 8, 2020
When ASEAN was established 53 years ago, few could have imagined the success of ASEAN today.
Over the past half century, ASEAN has time and again shown the strength of unity and resilience.
An ASEAN embracing 10 brotherly nations has turned Southeast Asia from a land of discord to a land of concord, from confrontation to cooperation and from poverty to dynamic development.
Today, the ASEAN Community is a big Family of six hundred and fifty million people with a combined GDP of three trillion USD.
Translating its vision into actions, ASEAN has been promoting both the interest of our peoples and peace and prosperity in the Asia – Pacific.
ASEAN is now at a critical juncture. The new dynamism in our Geo-strategic landscape, emerging regional and global issues require ASEAN to be ever more cohesive and responsive.
Shoulder to shoulder, we can rise above any challenge and move ASEAN forward. Therefore, we should redouble our efforts to strengthen our Community, while proactively and effectively promote our ties with the dialogue partners.
We should also ensure an ASEAN-centered regional architecture that is open, transparent, inclusive and rules-based.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Việt Nam’s participation in ASEAN. Our commitment and experience in the past 25 years enable us to make more proactive contributions to ASEAN.
Under Việt Nam’s Chairmanship this year, a cohesive and responsive ASEAN has taken well-coordinated measures to protect the health of our peoples and revive our economies. ASEAN has led regional efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, innovated our operations and further deepened our external relations, thus elevated ASEAN international standing.
With the “Think Community, Act Community” approach, Việt Nam will continue to work closely with our neighbours and friends, to build a strong and united ASEAN, that is indispensable for peace and prosperity in our region and beyond.
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