The ambassador highlighted Vietnam’s goals during the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 as part of a programme held by the Malaysian Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) that enabled foreign ambassadors in Malaysia to present their countries’ policies.
Vietnam has chosen the theme “Cohesive and Responsive” for the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 in order to underline the decisive importance of solidarity to the regional grouping’s sustainability amidst regional and global uncertainties, especially the emergence of protectionism and trade competition.
“Cohesive” shows Vietnam’s wish for a united bloc, a stronger community and enhanced regional connectivity. Meanwhile, “responsive” targets ASEAN’s better adaptability to the fast-evolving world, and its ability to offer opportunities and ease challenges from impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the ambassador stated.
The theme has received the positive response of other ASEAN member states as well as the support of ASEAN’s partners, he added.
In his presentation as well as during discussion with delegates at the event, Ambassador Quynh suggested countries, particularly ASEAN members, stay abreast with latest trends and apply new technologies in production and national development.
He briefed delegates on Vietnam’s five priorities for 2020, including promoting ASEAN’s role and positive contributions to maintaining peace, security and stability in the region; enhancing regional connectivity and adaptability to the Fourth Industrial Revolution; improving awareness and identity of the ASEAN Community; intensifying international partnerships for peace and sustainable development; and improving the adaptability and operational efficiency of the ASEAN apparatus.