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|The meeting is held online at the International Convention Center (Hanoi) (Photo: VNA)|
The country will host the 36th ASEAN Summit online on June 26, an event that will include a plenary of ASEAN leaders, with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to act as the host.
The event will also include three specialised meetings, with one focused on empowering women, and the others including dialogues with representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, and with young people and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council whose mandate is to provide private sector feedback and guidance to strengthen the bloc’s efforts towards economic integration.
It is expected that about 10 major documents will be inked at the summit, including a declaration by the ASEAN chair which is aimed to further cement the bloc’s solidarity in fighting the pandemic and beefing up economic development; a joint statement on the ASEAN vision, and a joint statement on fostering high-quality human resources within the region.
PM Phuc is expected to highlight new co-operation and development orientations of the ASEAN in 2020 and beyond, with strengthened co-operation in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Especially, he will also likely underscore the need to implement a shared plan for regional economic recovery after the pandemic has been eradicated.
Last week, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung worked with ministries and agencies to settle preparations for the 36th ASEAN Summit. Vietnam has also consulted with ASEAN member states and the bloc’s partners about the agenda of the summit, which is also expected to see a discussion about the East Sea.
Due to COVID-19, the Vietnamese government decided to organise the event online.
This 36th edition was originally planned to take place in the central city of Danang during April 6-9 but was inevitably cancelled due to the pandemic. On March 19, PM Phuc sent a letter to leaders of member states as well as New Zealand on rescheduling the summit, along with the ASEAN-New Zealand Leaders’ Summit that was planned to be held in Danang on April 8-9.
Vietnam has been active in rallying collective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic within the region and between the ASEAN and its partners in accordance with the “Cohesive and Responsive” theme of Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN chairmanship role.
One of the more vivid examples of this was the organisation of the Special ASEAN and ASEAN+3 summits on COVID-19 on April 14 under the chairmanship of PM Phuc.