Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspects preparations
for the 36th ASEAN Summit, Ha Noi, June 25, 2020. Photo: VGP
The Government chief spoke highly of the efforts
made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and competent agencies in preparing
for the Summit, from technical to security matters.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has been brought under
control, the plenary session is expected to draw the participation of 300
local and foreign guests and more than 200 reporters have registered to
cover the Summit.
PM Phuc asked for ensuring quality of the agenda and
discussion contents that must encompass regional issues of common concerns,
accelerate the bloc's cooperation and resilience amid challenges.
During the summit, leaders of 10 ASEAN member
countries are expected to focus on the development of the ASEAN Community in
the immediate future and measures to address the social and economic impacts
of the COVID-19 crisis in the region, according to Deputy Foreign Minister
and head of the SOM Viet Nam Nguyen Quoc Dung.
At the plenary session, the leaders will hear
reports and give opinions on cooperation among ASEAN member nations in the
three pillars of the ASEAN Community - political security, economics, and
The leaders will propose measures to strengthen
cooperation between ASEAN and its partners in the time to come.
They are also expected to compare notes on regional
and international issues of common concern, with a focus on how to
effectively deal with the COVID-19 pandemic while promptly recovering
socio-economic development in the region at the same time.
Deputy Foreign Minister Dung said ASEAN leaders will
hold dialogues with representatives from the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary
Assembly (AIPA) on coordination between the two organizations in building a
people-oriented ASEAN Community.
Dialogues between ASEAN leaders and ASEAN Youth and
representatives from the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-ABAC) will
be arranged within the framework of the Summit.
In particular, the ASEAN Leaders' Special Session on
Women's Empowerment in the Digital Age, initiated by Viet Nam, will also be
organized as part of celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the approval of
the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for advancing women's
The initiative reflects ASEAN leaders' commitment to
promoting gender equality and enhancing the role of women in building the
ASEAN Community, said Dung.
The regional leaders will adopt an ASEAN Chair
Statement on the outcomes of the 36th ASEAN Summit, a Vision Statement on
ASEAN's cohesion and proactive adaptation, and an ASEAN Declaration on human
resources development for the changing work of work, added the Deputy