Vietnam vows to help hasten ASEAN Community fulfillment

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

VIETNAM has stressed its commitment to contribute to the process of building the ASEAN Community by putting its priority on various aspects as the 10-member states are to fulfill their ambition of having the much-anticipated “single community” in December.

A document provided by its embassy in Brunei Darussalam early this week said that Viet Nam actively promotes the formation of the ASEAN Community by reviewing its adjustment of domestic regulations in accordance with commitments in ASEAN, enhancing the people’s understanding on ASEAN as well as the role and position of Vietnam in the regional bloc.

It said that Vietnam actively participates in building the post-2015 One Community Vision and the master plan to execute the grouping’s vision, which is in line with the three pillars of ASEAN Community namely Political-Security, Economic, and Socio-Cultural.

Vietnam has also put a priority on enhancing solidarity, unity and the central role of ASEAN in maintaining peace, stability, security and cooperation in the region, the document added.

In term of ASEAN’s external relations, it said Vietnam will continue to play its role as the coordinator for ASEAN- European Union (EU) relations from July 2012 to July 2015, and will prepare to undertake its role as coordinator of ASEAN-India Dialogue relations for the period of July 2015 to July 2018.

The country’s priority also touches on the matter pertaining to strengthening the apparatus and mechanisms for coordination among ministries/sectors of Vietnam to join in the ASEAN cooperation and preparing for the foundation of the ASEAN Community and subsequent development phases.

This year marks 20 years of Vietnams’ membership in the ASEAN. Vietnam became a full member of ASEAN on July 28, 1995.

“Vietnam has demonstrated its responsibility, obligations and important contribution to the development of the association,” it said, adding that Vietnam has fully participated, seriously completed commitments and effectively contributed to all ASEAN’s cooperation fields.

The document added that Vietnam also actively promotes the strengthening of solidarity and unity in ASEAN, dealing with big challenges that arise in the region and has promoted the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and building a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea.

ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by its founding members namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Its other members are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Covering a land area of almost 4.5 million kilometres and with a total population of over 600 million (almost nine per cent of the world’s population), the ASEAN nations had a combined nominal gross domestic product of US$2.2 trillion in 2011. The grouping’s total trade rose to US$2.5 billion in 2013. As a single entity, ASEAN ranks as the world’s ninth-largest economy.

The Brunei Times