Ha Noi, 30 October 2010

Your Majesty and Leaders of ASEAN,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The 17th ASEAN Summit and its related Summits have been successful completed after three days of intensive and effective discussion. With a strong political will and far-sighted vision, we agreed on many important decisions and practical solutions to speed up the ASEAN Community building, maintain the centrality of the Association in an evolving regional architecture, and elevate the relations between ASEAN and its partners to a new height as well as to strengthen the broad cooperation through various frameworks to address the common challenges in the region.

Building the ASEAN Community is the central and overarching task of our Association. The success of the 16th and 17th ASEAN Summits together with the concerted efforts and actions at all levels throughout this year under the theme “Towards the ASEAN Community: from Vision to Action” have produced significant outcomes, contributing greatly to the realization of the ASEAN Community by 2015.

We have managed to make real progress in turning our vision into concrete and practical actions. We are determined to make even bigger efforts to effectively implement agreements, especially by strengthening the monitoring and outcome assessment mechanisms as well as resources mobilization in the implementation of the Charter, the Roadmap for the ASEAN Community and other important plans and programs, including the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. We encouraged Member States to incorporate regional agreements into their respective national development plans and programs to produce a harmony in the implementation of national and regional goals.

We have also taken tremendous efforts to enhance, expand and deepen the external relations of the Association while promoting ASEAN’s centrality in the region. The Association has forged a common voice in many important and complicated issues, and proved itself to be the primary driving force in promoting dialogue and cooperation for peace, security and development in the region. The Association has also managed to link and harmonize the intertwined interests of its partners. Reality shows that ASEAN continues to maintain its centrality and its role as the leading factor in the promotion of a dynamic regional architecture.

It is highly appreciated that our partners continue to attach importance to relations with ASEAN, enhance even further the comprehensive cooperation with our Association, support ASEAN in the building of the Community and maintaining its central role in the region. In the past year, ASEAN’s external relations have been strongly strengthened and deepened through enhanced dialogue at all levels, especially at the highest level, as well as through carrying out the action plans to implement the Joint Declaration on Strategic or Comprehensive Partnership. Sharing determination, ASEAN and its partners have agreed to upgrade the partnerships under the ASEAN+1 framework and make cooperation more substantive and effective, especially in the priority areas. We have also agreed to work together to improve the efficiency of ASEAN-led regional forums and to enhance dialogue and cooperation for the common interests of peace, stability and development in the region.

ASEAN has increasingly proved itself as a responsible member of the international community by joining efforts to address regional and global issues. The Association has also demonstrated its flexibility and quick response by its prompt actions to promote broad cooperation in responding to emerging challenges, particularly in economic recovery and sustainable development and in addressing global challenges like climate change, diseases and disasters. ASEAN has also made important contributions to the relevant activities of the UN, APEC, ASEM and G20.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The journey ahead of ASEAN is challenging, but with what we have achieved, with the strong political will of all Member States and the support of our peoples as well as the support and assistance of ASEAN partners, we have reasons to be confident in a bright future of a resilient, developed and prosperous ASEAN Community.

In a year of ASEAN Chairmanship, Viet Nam has done its utmost in collaboration with other ASEAN members to attain important results in building the ASEAN Community and contribute to peace, security and development in the region. Once again, I would like to reaffirm the consistent policy of Viet Nam to continue our participation in ASEAN cooperation with the guiding principle of positivity, proactiveness and responsibility so as to make contributions to an even stronger and deeper integrated ASEAN.

As we are successfully completing the 17th ASEAN Summit and its related Summits, on behalf of the Government and people of Viet Nam, I wish to thank the Leaders and officials of ASEAN and the partner countries, the Secretary General of ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat, and all friends in the region and worldwide for supporting, sharing and joining hands with Viet Nam so as Viet Nam can successfully accomplish the ASEAN Chairmanship of 2010.

To conclude, I wish Indonesia successfully assume the ASEAN Chairmanship of 2011.

Thank you for your attention.

Source: http://asean2010.vn/asean_en/news/48/2DA9FB/REMARKS-by-HE-Prime-Minister-Nguyen-Tan-Dung-At-the-Closing-Ceremony-of-the-17th-ASEAN-Summit-and-related-Summits