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ASEAN+3 important for regional structure: Vietnam Ambassador

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Ambassador Vu Ho represented Vietnam at the ASEAN+3 Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) 2022 hosted by Cambodia via video conference on June 8, which brought together senior officials from ten ASEAN member states and their three partners – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Ambassador Vu Ho represented Vietnam at the ASEAN+3 Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) 2022 hosted by Cambodia via video conference on June 8, which brought together senior officials from ten ASEAN member states and their three partners – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

In his remarks at the event, Ho, Acting Head of ASEAN SOM Vietnam, praised the achievements of ASEAN+3 over the past 25 years, saying now is the time for the grouping. regional to look back on its journey together and prepare new directions to promote its further development.

ASEAN+3 plays an important role in the ASEAN-led regional structure, he noted, urging the grouping to adapt to the new global context and contribute more effectively to the connectivity and cooperation process by East Asia.

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Ho called on ASEAN+3 to soon complete the implementation of the ASEAN+3 cooperation work plan from 2018 to 2022 and adopt a new work plan for the period 2023-2027 based on what all countries have achieved.

He also suggested that China, Japan and the ROK step up cooperation with ASEAN in priority areas in line with the ASEAN outlook on the Indo-Pacific and that ASEAN+3 countries reopen their borders soon to facilitate mobility, economic cooperation, trade and regional relations. economic connectivity.

Regarding regional and international issues of common concern, the Vietnamese representative stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation and dialogue, building trust, upholding international law, promoting cooperation on the basis of mutual benefits , equality and mutual respect, and to ensure peace, security and stability. the environment, including efforts to create marine waters conducive to peace, cooperation and development in the region, thereby facilitating efforts for economic recovery, growth and sustainable development.

During the event, ASEAN and the three partners agreed to maintain their focus on containing the COVID-19 pandemic and jointly boost recovery in a sustainable manner. They will continue to support capacity building in preventive medicine; sharing of information and experiences; and strengthen collaboration in the production and supply of vaccines, drugs and medical equipment against COVID-19 with the aim of strengthening the region’s autonomy to respond to future epidemics.

They also agreed to jointly restore and promote trade and economic partnership, support supply chains, deepen financial cooperation and promote trade liberalization through the effective implementation of free trade agreements. ASEAN with the three partners and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). ANV

  • Key words: ASEAN SOM Vietnam, ASEAN+3