ASEAN Summit 34 fosters partnership for sustainability

The 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on June 23 has adopted important documents to boost cooperation for sustainability in the bloc. The documents included ASEAN Leaders' Vision Statement on "Partnership for Sustainability", ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook; ASEAN Leaders’ Statement on the ASEAN Cultural Year 2019, and Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the Region. 
The Summit, themed “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”, sought to ensure sustainability in all dimensions, including sustainable security, sustainable economic growth and sustainable development.

It discussed the building of the ASEAN community, the relationship between ASEAN and its partners, and regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The ASEAN leaders exchanged views on how to step up economic connectivity, expand cooperation between ASEAN and its partners, especially in getting adapted to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, responding to such challenges as climate change, terrorism, hi-tech crime, and consolidate the central role of ASEAN in the regional structure.

Artists sing the ASEAN song at the opening ceremony of the 34th ASEAN Summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The plenary session of the 34th ASEAN Summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The ASEAN leaders at the opening ceremony of the summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

At the ASEAN leaders’ closed meeting. Photo: VNA

The ASEAN leaders launch a Satellite Warehouse in Chainat Province, Thailand,
under the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA). Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

As a coordinator for ASEAN-EU economic cooperation, Vietnam has contributed to fostering bilateral trade and economic ties.
The group is in the middle stage of implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and has gained encouraging outcomes. Member countries report stable economic growths and the bloc’s GDP is estimated at 3 trillion US dollars in 2019.

ASEAN is a dynamic economic entity, which groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. With a total population of over 625 million, the ASEAN community is a promising market in Asia- Pacific. The bloc plays a connecting role in the region in shaping the regional structure through ASEAN-led mechanisms and forums, including the East Asian Summit (EAS), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM+), and Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF).  

PM Phuc has a meeting with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The Vietnamese leader has a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

He also meets Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

He has a working session with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The Vietnamese leader has a reception for representatives of Thai enterprises. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Story: VNP - Photos: VNA

Historical Milestone in ASEAN - GCC Cooperation

Historical Milestone in ASEAN - GCC Cooperation

Although the ASEAN-Gulf Cooperation Council (ASEAN-GCC) Summit took place in mid-October in the Riyadh capital (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) in the context of rapid and complex developments regionally and globally, it ended successfully, marking a historic milestone in bilateral relations and making economic cooperation become a main focus and driving force connecting the two regions.