Vietnam received the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2020 from Thailand on November 4 at the 35th ASEAN Summit. During the one-year tenure starting on January 1, Vietnam will be tasked with outlining orientations for the regional bloc to enhance connectivity and overcome challenges.
Vietnam is ready to take on the role of ASEAN Chair in 2020, making contributions to building a cohesive and responsive ASEAN Community, said Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh led a Vietnamese delegation to attend the 8th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting which took place in Beijing, China, on August 3.
The Ministry of Defence’s steering committee on ASEAN 2020 held a conference in Hanoi on July 17 to implement a project on organising ASEAN defence-military events in 2020 when Vietnam assumes the ASEAN Chair.
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has expressed his belief that under the sound leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), the Lao people will successfully realise the goals set by the Resolution of the 10th National Party Congress, and the 2016-2020 socio-economic development plan.
In 2020 Vietnam will take over the rotating ASEAN Chair and will likely become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 term.
The recent establishment of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee is one of the initial steps that Vietnam has taken for months to prepare for the task of the ASEAN Chair in 2020, said Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.