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Speech by Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh at ASEAN flag hoisting ceremony

07-08-2020, 11:40:00

CMSC An ASEAN flag hoisting ceremony was held in Hanoi on August 7 to mark the 53rd founding anniversary of the association and 25 years of Viet Nam’s ASEAN membership. Here is the full text of the speech by Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh at the ceremony.

Your Excellencies Ambassadors, 

Distinguished guests,

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all of you to the flag-hoisting ceremony to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of ASEAN’s founding. 

Since its inception in 1967, ASEAN has come a long way.

By embracing 10 member nations, ASEAN has turned Southeast Asia from a land of discord to a land of concord, from confrontation to cooperation, and from poverty to dynamic development.  

Through its Community building, ASEAN enables Southeast Asia to thrive as a big family of six hundred and fifty millions people with a combined GDP of three trillions USD and as a peaceful, stable and resilient region with dynamic, vibrant economies.

Today, we are facing major, unprecedented challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the fast changing geo-strategic landscape as well as emerging non-traditional security issues.

But these are causes to be discouraged. Instead, these call for a more cohesive, responsive ASEAN, which retains its firm centrality in the region.

The encouraging results achieved in the first half of 2020 bear testament to the ASEAN that never wavers at any hardship.

Excellencies,

Distinguished guests,

Chairing ASEAN this year is a great honour for Viet Nam as 2020 coincides with the 25th anniversary of Viet Nam’s accession to ASEAN. 

Under Viet Nam’s Chairmanship, ASEAN has taken well-coordinated measures to collectively respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, protect the health of our peoples, cushion the negative impacts on our economies, and prepare for a comprehensive recovery to emerge from the pandemic.

Although the tough battles to defeat the pandemic and to revamp the economies are still ahead, I would like to emphasize that ASEAN’s future is bright. 

With the “Think Community, Act Community” approach, Viet Nam will continue to work closely with our ASEAN sisters and brothers as well as with external partners and the international community to build a united and resilient ASEAN Community. 

Shoulder to shoulder, we can rise above any challenges and move ASEAN forward.

By way of conclusion, I am pleased to share that ASEAN Foreign Ministers will issue the Statement on the importance of maintaining peace and stability in Southeast Asia tomorrow, on the ASEAN Day of August 8, 2020. 

In the context of complex and growing uncertainties in the world, this statement will reaffirm ASEAN’s vision, commitments and fundamental principles to build ASEAN into a region of peace, progress and prosperity as aspired in the 1967 Bangkok Declaration.

Thank you./.


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