Seminar promotes media’s role in communicating ASEAN community

Tuesday, 2017-04-18 17:46:24
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Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung speaking at the seminar (Credit:
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NDO – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a seminar entitled, ‘Promoting the role of the media in communicating ASEAN Community’, on April 18, in Hanoi, to introduce the sources of information and documents related to the interests of ASEAN Community.

So far, ASEAN has achieved hundreds of agreements and commitments in almost all fields, particularly those that directly benefit people such as tariff dismantling and technical barriers commitments; investment liberalisation and facilitation commitments; agreements to create favourable conditions for transportation of passengers and cargo; cooperation programme on education; agreements facilitating the movement of labourers; and programmes facilitating tourism.

Addressing the seminar, Deputy Foreign Minister, Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of Vietnam ASEAN SOM, emphasised that over the past 50 years of formation and development, ASEAN has become a community and one of the most successful regional organisations.

ASEAN is actively promoting the achievements and enhancing the connection to realise a rules-based, people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN community, added the Deputy Minister.

He also said that the ministries and agencies should consider ASEAN cooperation as a priority as well as enhance coordination among different sectors in the society.

In addition, the Press plays an important role in communicating information on the interests of the ASEAN Community to people, Deputy Minister Dung noted.

At the seminar, representatives from Ministries of Industry and Trade; Transport; Culture, Sports and Tourism; and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, presented issues related to ASEAN economic cooperation, incentives from tariff commitments, transport links in ASEAN, ASEAN integration initiatives, tourism cooperation among ASEAN, mutual recognition agreements in ASEAN’s sectors and migrant labour in ASEAN.

On the occasion, the speakers answered the questions raised by the Press about several things, including the significance of free trade agreements within the ASEAN bloc and how Vietnam should take advantage of opportunities in the integration process.