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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s speech in handover ceremony of ASEAN Chairmanship from Thailand to Viet Nam

08-12-2019, 11:16:00

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s speech in handover ceremony of ASEAN Chairmanship from Thailand to Viet Nam

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s speech in handover ceremony of ASEAN Chairmanship

from Thailand to Viet Nam

(Bangkok, Thailand, 04-Nov-2019)



Mr. Chairman,

Your Majesty,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Allow me to express my deep appreciation to Your Excellency Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha for the Gavel of Power of the ASEAN Chair, which Viet Nam is truly honored to receive following a very successful Chairmanship of Thailand. Indeed, the outcomes of ASEAN 2019 under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” together with achievements ASEAN recorded over the past years have served as an excellent ground for Viet Nam to build upon for our ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020, a significant year for Viet Nam and ASEAN as a whole.

The year 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the ASEAN Community. Based upon the solid foundation of over five decades of development, the ASEAN Member States – diverse as we are, economically, historically and culturally – will continue to bond together as a cohesive whole by our shared values, sense of community, responsibility and benefits, beneath the same roof.

 While accelerating regional integration and Community-building efforts, and given the rapid and complicated changes in the regional and international environment, the ability to maintain enduring cohesion has become more instrumental to ASEAN than ever. The bond that binds us as such is the ability to promote common interests, strategic and economic alike, among the Member States, alongside the preservation and instillment of awareness and identity of the Community among all walks of life.  

For the last few decades, we have been trying our best to promote resilience, innovation and sustainability of the ASEAN Community. Building on these achievements, in 2020 we will focus efforts on consolidating cohesion of ASEAN. This shall be done through intensifying solidarity and unity, strengthening economic integration and connectivity, deepening the values and particularities of the ASEAN community, improving and enhancing the ASEAN institutional capacity, and strengthening ASEAN engagement with  the global community.

It is through cohesion that our Community can increase its capacity to effectively respond to the intertwined opportunities and challenges of the time. These include rapid development of science and technology, uncertainties in the global and regional strategic and economic environment, and numerous cross-border challenges, which are affecting the stable and sustainable development of our states and our peoples.

   Given this significance, “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN” is selected as the theme for ASEAN 2020. The two elements in this theme are in synergy and complementarity. A cohesive and growing community requires greater responsiveness to the evolving environment. On the other hand, responsiveness to challenges may only succeed should ASEAN remain a cohesive whole.

Viet Nam looks forward to the supports from ASEAN brothers and partners for the theme of ASEAN 2020 to be realized.

The ASEAN Community has grown and matured over the past five decades. It is high time we thought and acted together as a united and cohesive whole to respond effectively so as to develop sustainably in a changing world.

Let us Think Community and Act Community!

I welcome you all, ladies and gentlemen, to Viet Nam for ASEAN 2020./.

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