The ASEM High-level Policy Dialogue on June 22 (Photo: VNA)
Asia - Europe cooperation will be indispensable and increasingly important in
the future, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu said about the
significance of the Asia - Europe Meeting (ASEM) High-level Policy Dialogue
held on June 22.
The dialogue, themed "ASEM at 25: Strengthening Asia-Europe
Partnership in a Transforming World", took place in both in-person
and videoconference forms in Hanoi under the chair of Vietnamese Minister of
Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son.
held at the initiative of Vietnam on the occasion of ASEM’s 25th founding anniversary and also one of the most crucial activities of this forum
Minister Vu stressed that taking place at a time the world is struggling with
the COVID-19 pandemic, the dialogue demonstrated the importance that Vietnam
and other countries attach to the Asia - Europe partnership. In particular, it
showed some countries, including Vietnam, have gained certain successes in the
coronavirus combat and begun returning to normal.
the event, Vietnam also continues to affirming that it is a safe destination
for investment and business activities and that in the country, international
cooperation has returned to normal, he remarked.
Vu went on
to say that the dialogue provided an important occasion for participants to
discuss detailed and substantive measures while sharing experiences and ways
for sustainable economic recovery and COVID-19 prevention and control.
participants urged promoting the vaccine sharing process more strongly and
enhancing cooperation in vaccine development and manufacturing as well as
vaccine technology transfer.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu gives an interview to the press (Photo: VNA)
event, ASEM also showed itself as a highly dynamic forum and an incubator of
new cooperation ideas, the official noted, adding that many speakers shared
ideas and visions with a view to turning ASEM into a major driver of global
growth and economic connectivity and a highly important part of a green and
clean world with sustainable, inclusive, and innovative development that
centres on the people, in the next five and 10 years and beyond.
this, ASEM will bring into play its role around the globe more strongly, shaping
a rules-based world order and bringing about peace, stability, prosperity, and
happiness to not only the two continents but also the whole world, according to
the Deputy Foreign Minister.
Vietnam’s contributions to ASEM, he noted over the last 25 years, since it
became a founding member of the forum, Vietnam has pursued the consistent
policy of proactively and actively integrating into the world, with active
contributions to the forum.
has hosted several highest-level ASEM activities, such as the ASEM Summit in
2004 and the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in 2009.
has also served in some important positions in the ASEM cooperation process
like the coordinator of the Asia - Europe cooperation and the deputy director
of the Asia - Europe Foundation. It has also submitted a number of cooperation
initiatives while sponsoring and co-sponsoring more than 60 initiatives and
projects on cooperation development in ASEM.
Vietnam has also put forth many initiatives for cooperation with other member
countries, particularly in developing the digital economy and society and
adopting models of green, clean, sustainable, inclusive, and innovative
economic development which are the strengths of many developed nations in ASEM.
Minister held that the Asia - Europe cooperation will be indispensable and
increasingly important in the future in the context of the world confronting
the COVID-19 pandemic, which is forecast to linger on for many year; economies recovering
but at uneven pace due to different levels of access to vaccines; countries
facing huge impacts of climate change and the exhaustion of resources; and
digital and scientific - technological revolutions growing strongly around the
dialogue, the participating ministers also underlined that the ASEM cooperation
is necessary for optimising opportunities and dealing with challenges facing
the international community, including the Asia - Europe forum, he added./.