The Prime Minister’s Speech on the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation of ASEAN

Vietnam Pictorial would like to introduce the following full translation of the speech delivered by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Ladies, gentlemen and friends - citizens of the ASEAN Community,

On August 8, 2017, we, the 630 million people of Southeast Asia, will officially welcome the “golden” time marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment and development of ASEAN. From the first five member states, ASEAN has grown to be a community with 10 member states that mastered its own destiny and become increasingly politically mature and economically steady with more improved institutions and more cohesive relations.

Together, we are proud of the ASEAN common house - a very successful model of regional connectivity.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Through historical upheavals, ASEAN has turned Southeast Asia from confrontation to dialogue, from suspicion to cooperation, from division to solidarity with the highlight being the establishment of the ASEAN Community.

Today, a peaceful, secured, stable and developed Southeast Asia is a highlight on a world map with instability. The ASEAN Community is ranked sixth in the world with a GDP reaching nearly 3,000 billion dollars annually. Also, ASEAN is a combination of diverse cultures, rich in identity and has solidarity among people living in peace, with secured social welfare and improved living standards.

In its external affairs, including interaction with world powers, ASEAN is proactive in dialogue and cooperation, and is a force leading other regional mechanisms and forums.
ASEAN always takes the lead and works with other partners in all issues from climate change, fighting terrorism to peace and stability in the East Sea, which helps raise the international status of the whole association and each member country.

Becoming an official member of ASEAN in 1995, Vietnam is proud to have contributed to ASEAN. In that time, Vietnam’s achievements have grown along with the growth of the group.

Ladies, gentlemen and friends,

The 21st century poses both great opportunities and challenges for ASEAN in realising ASEAN Community Vision 2025 which calls for “a law-based ASEAN Community, serving the people and considering the people as central.
ASEAN is implementing renewals and adjusting the bloc in a more flexible and efficient manner, and more importantly the association continues to maintain the solidarity built up over the past half century.

Vietnam is committed, along with other member countries, to build a united and self-reliant ASEAN Community, accelerate internal trade and investment, develop infrastructures, and narrow development gaps; effectively co-operate to serve the people, improve people’s living standards, ensure social welfare, and promote the pride of the Community; build an ASEAN Community based on law, especially fundamental principles of international relationships; and improve the efficiency of partnerships, maintain a central role in the region, and uphold common viewpoints on regional and international issues.

Ladies, gentlemen and friends,

On the occasion of the ASEAN golden anniversary, I hope all of us, all member countries and ASEAN citizens will make great strides on the path of building a united community, developing for peace and prosperity.

Hello ASEAN,


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