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Press release on the 17th ASEAN Summit (Ha Noi, 28 October 2010)

MOFA - The 17th ASEAN Summit was officially opened today in Ha Noi on 28 October 2010. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered a keynote speech at the auspicious Opening Ceremony and chaired the Summit, with the participation of Leaders from ASEAN countries.

The Leaders discussed important issues on ASEAN’s internal cooperation and its external relations, which include: i) Accelerating the process of ASEAN Community Building and effectively implementing the ASEAN Charter, enhancing ASEAN Connectivity; ii) Further broadening and deepening ASEAN’s external relations, at the same time maintaining ASEAN’s centrality in the region, iii) Strengthening cooperating to effectively respond to emerging challenges, namely: post-crisis recovery and sustainable development, climate change, disaster management and infectious diseases…

Reviewing the implementation of the Roadmap for the ASEAN Community and the ASEAN Charter, the Leaders were gratified with the significant achievements made and agreed to further promote the “culture of compliance” to effectively improve the implementation of agreements through  systematic, efficient and creative measures, while paying due attention to proper supervision and evaluation mechanisms, enhancing coordination among ASEAN bodies together with promoting resources mobilization, integrating regional agreements in national development plans. ASEAN Leaders also underlined the importance of completing the legal framework provided for under the ASEAN Charter as well as strengthening effective and smooth operation of the new organisational structure.

ASEAN Leaders adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity submitted by the High Level Task Force on ASEAN Connectivity, and decided to establish an ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the Master Plan. The Leaders welcomed efforts by ASEAN Financial Ministers toward the establishment of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund. These  crucial decisions by the Leaders will facilitate the enhancement of regional connectivity in every aspect, as well as paving the way for connectivity in a wider East Asia region.

The Leaders reviewed implementation of decisions made at the 16th ASEAN Summit and reaffirmed the importance of continued cooperation for sustainable development as well as addressing emerging challenges. The Leaders adopted a Statement on Human Resources and Skills Development for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth and the Ha Noi Declaration on the Enhancement of Welfare and Development of ASEAN Women and Children. Besides, the Leaders agreed on various measures in order to strengthen cooperation to deal with transnational issues as food and energy security, climate change, natural disasters and infectious diseases…

On ASEAN’s external relations, the Leaders were pleased to see the fine developments over the year, and agreed to further deepen and broaden effective partnership with Dialogue Partners, soliciting their support for ASEAN Community building efforts and encourage their active contribution to and involvement in addressing regional issues. The Leaders agreed to elevate ASEAN’s partnership with several Dialogue Partners, as well as setting out new directions for future cooperation. ASEAN Leaders reiterated their expressed view that an effective regional architecture should be based on existing processes which are intertwined and complementary to each other and ensuring ASEAN centrality. Further to the decision at the 16th Summit on the expansion of the East Asia Summit, ASEAN Leaders welcomed the constructive contributions from Dialogue Partners in dealing with regional isuses and agreed to invite the Leaders of Russia and the US to participate in the East Asia Summit starting from 2011.

The ASEAN Leaders also discussed and exchanged views on the participation and contribution of ASEAN at the upcoming G-20 Summit in Seoul, Korea. As the Chair of ASEAN in 2010, Viet Nam will convey ASEAN’s message to the G-20 Summit on the need to double efforts toward ensuring sustainable and balanced development, intensifying the role of developing economies as well as reforming the global financial system.

As the final important event of ASEAN Leaders in 2010, the 17th Summit also focused on reviewing outcomes of intra-ASEAN cooperation as well as relations with Dialogue Partners, based on the goals set for 2010, and map out direction of priority for the time to come. On the same day, the Leaders had a Working Lunch with ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in order to promote cooperation among ASEAN businesses, as well as contributions from the business sector to enhancing regional integration and sustainable development.

The Leaders shall have a Working Dinner in the evening of 28 October to exchange views on regional and international issues.

The Chairman of the 17th ASEAN Summit issues a Chairman’s Statement on the outcome and decisions of the Summit./.

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