Vietnam in ASEM

Vietnam in ASEM


Vietnam has made great contribution to the process of establishing ASEM and is one of the 26 founding members of ASEM in March 1996. Since then, together with other partners in ASEM Vietnam has made efforts to help ASEM process evolve towards the set targets and bring the Asia-Europe ties to a new height with more effective and practical significance for the development of both continents. Vietnam has not only actively implemented agreements reached at four summits in three areas of political dialogue, economic partnership and cooperation in other fields, but also put forth initiatives to diversify cooperation activities in ASEM. Vietnam’s representatives in the Board of Governors of the Asia- Europe Foundation (ASEF), Asia-Europe Vision Group, ASEM Economic Taskforce, Expert Group on Investment have made active and practical contribution to ASEM cooperation. In addition, from October 2000 to the end of October 2004, Vietnam assumed the role of an Asian coordinator among four ASEM coordinators. In this regard, Vietnam has done a good job and made practical contribution to the ASEM cooperation process, which was highly appreciated by ASEM members. The most significant contribution to ASEM by Vietnam was the successful hosting of the Fifth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 5) in Hanoi from 8-9 October 2004. This event has helped further substantiate, revitalize and bring Asia-Europe cooperation process to a new height.

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