The diplomat recently granted an interview to the
press on the country’s role and position in 2020, when Vietnam will serve
the double roles of Chair of ASEAN and non-permanent member of the UN
Security Council, which is both an honour and a heavy task.
According to Deputy FM Dung, the theme of Vietnam’s
ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 is “Cohesive and Responsive,” which reflects
Vietnam’s wish to have an ASEAN standing firmly against impacts of regional
and international situations.
When uniting, ASEAN will share a common stance and
interests, and respond in a consistent manner to regional and global issues,
Asked about preparations for Vietnam’s ASEAN
Chairmanship Year 2020, the Deputy FM said Vietnam will promote five
priorities, first of all bringing into play ASEAN’s role and positive
contribution in maintaining a peaceful, security and stable environment in
The second priority is enhancing linkages and
connectivity in the region, as well as adaptability to the Fourth Industrial
Revolution; and promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in economics,
finance and society based on innovation and the application of digital and
The third priority is to promote the sense of
community and ASEAN characteristics, create common values of ASEAN and
popularize those values among ASEAN people, thus raising awareness of the
ASEAN Community and the image of the community in the region and the world.
Fourthly, strengthening partnership relations for
peace and sustainable development with countries, and increasing ASEAN’s
role and contribution in the international community.
The fifth priority is to improving ASEAN apparatus’s
adaptability and operation efficiency.
Deputy FM Dung noted that assuming two roles at the
same time means more tasks but there are also some advantages.
He pointed out that as ASEAN Chair, Vietnam can work
for ASEAN consensus, thus adding more weight to its voice in the UN
Meanwhile, UN programmes and plans will be better
implemented by ASEAN, and the bloc’s plans will be more aligned with the
He added that as the situation now is very different
from when Vietnam chaired the ASEAN for the first time in 2010, the country
will face both new difficulties as well as have new advantages in the