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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends 30th ASEAN Summit

Released at: 21:29, 29/04/2017

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends 30th ASEAN Summit

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ASEAN needs to pay more attention to people-connected projects, provide more cross-border career opportunities and promote cultural exchanges and tourism, says PM Phuc.

by Nguyen Quoc

The 30th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the first summit in the year the Philippines holds the chair of the grouping,  opened in Manila on April 29 under the chairmanship of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, and  with the attendance of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and leaders of other ASEAN member nations, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

In his opening remarks, President Rodrigo Duterte highlighted the significance of this year - a milestone year for ASEAN as the bloc marks its 50th anniversary of establishment.

The President underlined the core priorities of the Philippines’ chairmanship, which are building a people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN, maintaining a peaceful and stable region, cooperating in maritime security  and advancing inclusive and innovative-led growth, promoting ASEAN’s resiliency, and promoting ASEAN as a model for regionalism and as a global player.

He then chaired the summit plenary that focused its discussion on how to strengthen ASEAN connectivity and effectively implement the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the master plans for the ASEAN Community pillars.

Speaking at the event, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc voiced support for the priorities for cooperation initiated by the Philippines as this year’s chair, saying they are practical, reflecting the need for connectivity within the bloc and promoting ASEAN as a global player.

Mr. Phuc hailed the progress in implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and said the grouping should give priority to building a people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN, enhancing the effectiveness of ASEAN operations and promoting intra-group cooperation and regional connectivity.

He underlined that to win support of people across the region in building the ASEAN Community, the bloc needs to pay more attention to people-connected projects, provide more cross-border career opportunities and promote cultural exchanges and tourism, so that the people can benefit more from the ASEAN integration process.

Mr. Phuc noted  the fact that there has been a rapid growth in trade between ASEAN and its partners but trade within ASEAN has barely budged over the past few years. Therefore, it is necessary to accelerate intra-bloc cooperation in order to take full advantages of a 620-million-people market, he added.

The Vietnamese government leader urged the quick finalization of an action plan for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development strategy for 2016-2025, as SMEs accounted for over 90 percent of the number of firms in Southeast Asia. More resources should be allocated for startups and innovative projects together with support for them to access funding and markets, he noted.

Vietnam will partner with Thailand to take a leading role in improving productivity and promoting technology, creativity and innovation.

Later, in his speech at the retreat meeting in the framework of the 30th ASEAN Summit ASEAN, PM Nguyen Xuan stressed that ASEAN member states need to uphold their responsibility and the community’s spirit, especially a common stance, on international and regional issues, towards increasing the bloc’s position in the international arena.

He urged ASEAN to lead the way in abiding by international law and basic principles of international relations, in line with its goal to build a rule-based community. 

The Vietnamese Government leader also called for more efforts from the group to improve the effectiveness of cooperation with its partners and intra-bloc dialogue mechanisms, with a focus on result-oriented activities. 

Mr. Phuc shared the common concern about recent developments