JAKARTA, 21 July 2017 – Viet Nam’s Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue joined by leaders of several provinces and ministries visited the ASEAN Secretariat today where he was received by and had an extensive exchange with Secretary- General Le Luong Minh and other members of his management team on issues relating to ASEAN’s Community building economic integration and Viet Nam’s contribution to the process.

Deputy Prime Minister Hue thanked the Secretary-General of ASEAN and his management team for their leadership and relentless support in carrying out the Leaders, Ministerial and Senior Official’s mandates including effective implementation of sectoral work plans to facilitate the realisation of ASEAN Community and enhancing collaboration with external partners. He pointed out that Viet Nam has been an active member since its accession to ASEAN and contributed to several key milestones including the accession of new members to ASEAN, the formulation of ASEAN Vision 2020, the adoption of ASEAN Charter, the realisation of the ASEAN Community as well as the adoption of ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and its blueprints.

Welcoming Deputy Prime Minister Hue and his high-level delegation to ASEAN Secretariat, Secretary-General Minh highlighted that upon its accession to ASEAN in 1995, Viet Nam has been actively taking the much needed steps to ensure that all its regional commitments are implemented on timely basis to advance the Community building process.

Deputy Prime Minister Hue was briefed on the progress in advancing regional economic integration and its impact on Viet Nam’s economic development. He noted the challenges that lie ahead as ASEAN works towards establishing an inclusive and sustainable economic development under the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. He also expressed his appreciation for the technical assistance rendered to Viet Nam, particularly through the Initiative for ASEAN Integration as well as the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity, with the view to narrowing the development gap within and between ASEAN Member States.