Jakarta ( Berita ) : Vietnam officially assumed the position of ASEAN chairman on Januray 1 till December 31, 2010, replacing Thailand. Vietnam will focus on cooperation with other ASEAN member countries in speeding up the implementation of various agreements, plans and programs, the ASEAN Secretariat disclosed in Jakarta on Friday.
The programs consist of the ASEAN Charter and the ASEAN Roadmap (2009-2015) to improve relations between the ASEAN member countries, and to enhance regional performance.
ASEAN Secretary-General Dr Surin Pitsuwan said that he was impressed with the preparations made by Viet Nam in taking over the ASEAN chairmanship. “The new Chair has a clear set of priorities and agenda which are useful as an implementation and support guide for ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Dialogue Partners and other external parties,” he added.
Annual sectoral plans, which have been prepared by Viet Nam well in advance, will be handy for the stakeholders to know what support to provide and how to mobilize resources. The plans outline a detailed work programme for each ministerial body with clear objectives, activities, goals and targets in accordance with the ASEAN Charter and the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community.
Dr Surin also expressed high appreciation to Thailand for its excellent Chairmanship in 2009 and welcome Viet Nam as the new Chair for the year ahead and hoped for closer cooperation with Vietnam.
Viet Nam’s theme for its Chairmanship is “Towards the ASEAN Community: from Vision to Action”, and the year 2010 marks the 15th year of Viet Nam’s accession to ASEAN. ( ant )