Ambassador Le Luong Minh: The leading role of Chair of ASEAN for 2020 to be proven

Update: 17:00 | 12/11/2020
As the Chair, Viet Nam has been flexible and proactively turned challenges into opportunities.
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Viet Nam, ASEAN and the solidarity amid difficulties
ASEAN Chairmanship 2020: A journey of pride

Viet Nam assumes the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2020 in the context that the world, the region, each member country and its partners face numerous difficulties and obstacles caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As the Chair, Viet Nam has been flexible and proactively turned challenges into opportunities. Viet Nam also has been orienting ASEAN cooperation with a focus on pandemic response and recovery, and forming a comprehensive and synchronous approach of the whole Community, not only in pandemic prevention but in all fields of political-security, economic, socio-cultural activities.

Ambassador Le Luong Minh: The leading role of Chair of ASEAN for 2020 to be proven
Ambassador Le Luong Minh.

ASEAN programs and activities were held ordinarily through online platforms in this extraordinary time; a record number of initiatives launched and implemented during the year; especially practical and timely initiatives such as the establishment of the ASEAN Covid-19 Response Fund and a regional Reserve of emergency medical supplies; the creation of standards for disease response; the formation of a master plan for post-Covid-19 recovery, as well as important macro-level initiatives such as preparing the mid-term review of the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025, developing ASEAN Vision 2045, reviewing the implementation of the ASEAN Charter,... These are evidences for the adaptive ability and leading capacity of the Chair of ASEAN for 2020.

The Covid-19 pandemic remains complicated, it even go beyond the control of developed countries equiped with modern medical capacity. ASEAN handle the situation better but still face a number of difficulties.

With the development of vaccines, then the pandemic will be under control, but the world will never return like it was before Covid-19. The region will never return as it was before Covid-19.

There’s an old Vietnamese saying: “Living harmoniously with floods”, more than ever, “cohesive and responsive” must be ASEAN's key slogan in both intra-regional and external cooperation in responding to non-traditional security threats. Therefore, “cohesive and responsive” is not only the theme of Viet Nam’s ASEAN Chairmanship, it must be the motto of ASEAN for years to come.

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Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN, Advisor of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee