The 13th ASEM Summit and related events will take place via videoconference on November 25 - 26 (Photo: asem13.mfaic.gov.kh)
Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s attendance in the 13th Asia - Europe Meeting
(ASEM) Summit and related events will show the importance Vietnam attaches to
ASEM and affirm the country’s stature in this forum.
The PM will take part in the
meetings on November 25 - 26 via videoconference, at the invitation of his
Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
Multilateralism for Shared Growth”, the 13th ASEM Summit is expected
to help maintain cooperation in ASEM and enhance Asia - Europe connectivity.
As a founding member, Vietnam
has always shown proactive and active participation in and promoted ASEM cooperation
for peace, cooperation, and common development in the region.
The 53-member ASEM is
important to Vietnam in terms of strategy, economy, politics, security,
development, and society.
Over the last 25 years,
Vietnam’s stature in this inter-regional cooperation mechanism has been growing
thanks to socio-economic achievements, the fulfillment of duties in
multilateral organisations, and meaningful contributions to ASEM.
Through ASEM, Vietnam has won
support, stepped up the negotiation on its admission to the World Trade
Organisation (WTO), and boosted integration into the global economy.
In particular, at the ASEM
Summit in Vietnam in 2004, the European Union was the first partner in the
world to sign a bilateral agreement supporting the country to become a member
of the WTO, which paved the way for many other deals to help Vietnam officially
gain the status in 2007.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (Photo: VNA)
Besides, Vietnam launched
talks on a free trade agreement with the EU in 2010, at the 8th ASEM
Summit in Belgium, and finished the negotiation at the 10th ASEM
Summit in Italy.
It is assessed as one of the
most active members as seen in its proposal, launch, and promotion of many new
cooperation ideas. It has also directly carried out and co-sponsored nearly 60
initiatives in different fields. Via these cooperation initiatives, the country
has joined other ASEM members in highlighting the benefits of peace, security,
and stability, resolving urgent problems, and promoting issues of common concern.
Vietnam’s bilateral relations
with other ASEM members have been developing in an increasingly substantive
manner. Among them, the EU expects Vietnam will serve as its key partner and
connectivity centre in the region.
PM Chinh’s participation in
the 13th ASEM Summit and related events will continue reflecting the
country’s foreign policy of proactively and actively integrating into the world.
It will also demonstrate the importance Vietnam attaches to ASEM, affirm the
country’s role and stature in the forum, and help promote multilateral
The Government leader’s
attendance will also reiterate Vietnam’s consistent stance on some major issues
that affect regional and global peace and stability; protect and promote the
country’s priorities and interests in ASEM; and make use of international
cooperation to combat the pandemic and accelerate economic recovery./.