ASEAN focuses on priorities, initiatives in 2020

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspects preparations for 36th ASEAN Summit (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The 36th ASEAN Summit, the first official top-level meeting of the regional bloc in 2020 when Vietnam serves as the ASEAN Chair, will take place online on June 26 under the chair of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. During the meeting, ASEAN leaders are scheduled to review the building of the ASEAN Community since the 35th summit, and discuss the implementation of priorities for this year as well as the grouping’s external affairs in the time ahead. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of shared concern. In this special circumstance, the leaders will focus on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and how to enhance the bloc’s recovery capacity. The summit brings together leaders of nations and ministries in charge of politics-security, culture-society, and economy from the 10 ASEAN member countries, ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi, heads of ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) and ambassadors, among others. It will feature a special session of the ASEAN leaders on women’s empowerment in the digital age initiated by Vietnam to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action…. Read full this story

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