At the 16th meeting in 2019 of the Committee of Permanent Representatives in ASEAN (CPR), held on December 13 at the headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat, Vietnam officially took over the Chairmanship of the CPR from Thailand. ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi was in attendance.

The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation of the efforts and active contributions by Ambassador Phasporn Sangasubana, Head of the Thai Permanent Mission to ASEAN, as Chairman of the CPR.

Under the leadership of Thailand, the CPR continued to affirm its important role in 2019 and make valuable contributions to the process of building the ASEAN Community, such as strengthening the coordination process in pillar-issues of the ASEAN Community; implementing the ASEAN Community Plan 2025; promoting and strengthening relations and cooperation between ASEAN and partner countries; successfully organizing a field trip to Timor Leste to assess the capacity and preparation of the country to join ASEAN; and actively implementing the priorities of the ASEAN Master Plan 2025 (MPAC 2025).

He also spoke highly of the activities of the CPR and the CPR Working Groups in the drafting of ASEAN and ASEAN Summit meetings with partners.

The Secretary-General congratulated Vietnam on preparing to assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020, affirming that the ASEAN Secretariat will continue to actively support and work closely with Vietnam and the CPR to successfully implement ASEAN 2020 priority programs under the theme “Cohesive and Responsive”.

Speaking at the Transfer Ceremony, Ambassador and Head of the Vietnam Permanent Delegation to ASEAN Tran Duc Binh congratulated Thailand on its success and results achieved as ASEAN Chairman in 2019. He also appreciated its efforts in coordinating and implementing a host of activities to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the CPR’s establishment (2009-2019).

Mr. Binh expressed his honor at receiving the transfer of the CPR Chairmanship in 2020. Sharing the meaning of the theme and priorities of Vietnam, he affirmed that as Chairman it will focus its efforts with ASEAN countries and the Secretariat to deploy the CPR’s activities, further strengthening relations between ASEAN and partners as well as actively promoting activities that contribute to bolster the image of ASEAN in the world.

Vietnam will chair ASEAN meetings such as regular meetings of the CPR; meetings between the CPR and Ambassadors to the East Asia Summit (EAS) and ASEAN+3 Ambassadors, meetings between the CPR and partner countries to review cooperation and draft conference documents with senior and foreign ministers within the framework of ASEAN+3, and meetings of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Connectivity, among others.