14:35 | 06/05/2015 Cooperation
(VEN) - The 26th ASEAN Summit (ASEAN Summit 26) and related meetings took place in Malaysia between April 26 and 27 focusing on reviewing and proposing specific orientations towards forming the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and building the AEC’s post-2015 vision. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung led the high-level delegation to participate in a summit.
Addressing the 26th ASEAN Summit, high-level leaders of 10 ASEAN countries worked together to assess the whole roadmap in forming the AEC and discuss action plans in building the AEC’s post-2015 vision.
ASEAN has completed around 85 percent of the adopted goals and measures in the overall roadmap. More specifically, the completion rate for the political-security pillar was around 85 percent, nearly 81 percent for the economic pillar and about 97 percent for the socio-cultural pillar. In addition, ASEAN countries have implemented about 40 percent of the master plan on ASEAN Connectivity and 285 projects in the framework of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI). Thanks to positive results, ASEAN is driving towards the establishment of the AEC on December 31, 2015.
The Vietnamese high-level delegation attended the 26th ASEAN Summit with the main goals of making positive contributions to the solidarity and unity of ASEAN, promoting the central role of ASEAN in the regional structure and proposing specific orientations towards forming the AEC and building the AEC’s post-2015 vision.
ASEAN has also strengthened cooperation with key partners in the region such as China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand and actively exchanged views on international issues with major partners including the US, Canada, the EU and Russia.
Vietnam, an active member
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung led the high-level delegation to participate in the 26th ASEAN Summit with the active and responsible motto in cooperation with ASEAN.
Together with other member countries, Vietnam has actively accelerated the implementation of the adopted commitments. Thanks to great efforts, Vietnam has reached the high completion rate in the overall roadmap. Regarding the economic pillar, Vietnam has reached more than 90 percent of the completion rate and has reduced over 90 percent of tariff lines to zero percent since January 1, 2015 following the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA).
Vietnam will strive to ensure the progress, quality and effectiveness of the action lines set out in the overall roadmap. In addition, Vietnam will continue reviewing domestic regulations in accordance with ASEAN commitments and strengthen the propaganda of the AEC in order to raise community awareness in terms of the role and position of Vietnam in ASEAN. Moreover, Vietnam has played a good role as the Country Coordinator for the ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations during the 2012-2015 period and will serve as the Country Coordinator for the ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations during the 2015-2018 period.
By Hung Cuong