Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung today called on the region to undertake concrete measures to enhance intra-regional cooperation, and at the same time foster cooperation within wider regional frameworks. ASEAN must also actively contribute to the joint efforts of the international community, he said.

Delivering his keynote address at the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings, the Prime Minister of Viet Nam, as the current chair of ASEAN, said, “I hope that the Foreign Ministers will intensify discussions and effective cooperation with sectoral ministers and relevant partners in addressing these challenges”.

Being a responsible member of the international community, the Prime Minister outlined the financial and economic crisis, climate change, natural disasters, pandemics and the depletion of natural resources as current global challenges.

Noting that the achievements of ASEAN to date are enormous and of great significance, the Prime Minister, however, cautioned “that much remains to be done in order to realise the goals of the ASEAN Community, a community that is politically harmonious, economically integrated and socially responsible”. He also highlighted several other issues that he said would require the attention of the region, including the maintenance of peace and security in Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific and the promotion of ASEAN external relations.

Please click here for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings.