Secretary-General of ASEAN: VN actively contributes to ASEAN Community

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 18 welcomed Secretary-General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh and President of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) Hidetoshi Nishimura who are attending the seminar, themed 50 years of ASEAN: ASEAN Economic Community and opportunities for Viet Nam's business community.

Appraising crucial contribution of the ASEAN Secretariat, especially the Secretary-General of ASEAN, PM Phuc asserted that among ASEAN's cooperative programs and initiatives, Viet Nam is interested in the realization of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration and Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025.

In the context of new trends on global economics and commerce, the PM supposed that ASEAN needs to uphold its role and advantages to contribute to the world.

Viet Nam is always a responsible member and makes active contributions to the ASEAN Community, he asserted, adding that Viet Nam will realize the common goals of ASEAN and overcome development challenges with ASEAN, he said.

He expected that ASEAN will join hands with Viet Nam to seek further measures to increase trade value and Viet Nam is willing to coordinate with ASEAN to expand economic and trade relations with other partners in the region and the world.

The PM highlighted the importance of the internal connection between ASEAN members, supposing that ASEAN will unite to overcome challenges in the future.

Welcoming President of ERIA, the PM hailed achievements in ERIA's research, which helps promote the development of ASEAN and the international and regional integration.

He proposed ERIA focus on seeking measures to narrow gap between ASEAN members and enhance trade value among member countries.

Secretary-General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh and President of ERIA Hidetoshi Nishimura highly valued Viet Nam's efforts in international integration, creating opportunities to expand market, enhancing investment and people-to-people exchanges.

Viet Nam has made crucial contribution to realizing ASEAN Community goals and promoting cooperation between ASEAN and other large economies in the world.

Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimura committed that ERIA will continue strong support for Viet Nam in the international and regional economic integration and uphold the advantageous role of Viet Nam in the ASEAN Community.

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam