Vietnam to enhance social and cultural cooperation within ASEAN

Vietnam is working actively to boost social and cultural cooperation within ASEAN as Vietnam assumes the role of the ASEAN Chair next year.

Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung made the statement at a reception in Hanoi on Monday for visiting ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.

"We will focus on developing human resources to adapt to the 4th Industrial Revolution and also social development to ensure that every citizen enjoys social welfare benefits to the fullest, thus creating sustainable development and leaving no one behind. The agenda will be submitted to the upcoming ASEAN Summit," Mr. Dung said:

ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi said: "Vietnam has put the right emphasis on human resources development. Hopefully we can deliver an action plan as well as the declaration next year. The social benefit for the people is critically important and as you know people in ASEAN are aging and by 2030 I think 15% of our people will be 65 or above and they need social welfare support and health care. We also need to make sure that these people contribute actively to society."

Mr. Lim said he wants the declaration's action plan on human resource development to closely connect to the ASEAN Labor Ministers' Statement on the future of work recently approved in Singapore.

Source: VOV5