Vietnam’s 27-Year ASEAN Membership Marked in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's cooperation orientation with the region in the coming time is to continue promoting ASEAN economic cooperation.

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Vietnam’s 27-Year ASEAN Membership Marked in Ho Chi Minh City
Phan Thi Hong Xuan, President of the Vietnam-Southeast Asia Friendship Association, speaks at the event. Photo: HUFO

The Ho Chi Minh City’s Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) on August 5 held a get-together to mark 27 years of Vietnam’s membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (July 28) and the 55th founding anniversary of the bloc (August 8), VNA reported.

Phan Thi Hong Xuan, president of the Vietnam-Southeast Asia Friendship Association in HCM City, said that the past 27 years, since Vietnam joined ASEAN, is not a long period of time compared to the country’s history, but it is very meaningful for Vietnam and ASEAN as well during the building of an ASEAN Community Vision by 2025.

Xuan said that though many difficulties and challenges are still ahead, with the good results achieved, the ASEAN Community has affirmed its role as an important and indispensable factor for peace, stability and development in Southeast Asia, and a driving force for dialogue, cooperation and connectivity among member countries as well as the expansion of cooperation and comprehensive development in East Asia and Asia-Pacific.

Vietnam’s 27-Year ASEAN Membership Marked in Ho Chi Minh City
Sok Dareth, Cambodian Consul General in the city. Photo: HUFO

Sok Dareth, Cambodian Consul General in the city, delivered a congratulatory speech on the 55th founding anniversary of ASEAN and shared the bloc’s achievements in 2022 when his country is holding the role as the ASEAN Chair.

Dareth said that since joining ASEAN, Vietnam has increasingly proved to be an active and responsible member of the group as well as of the international community.

Vietnam has promoted intensive and extensive integration in politics, economy, diplomacy and all other areas of life, and worked with other member countries in building the ASEAN community from security – politics, economy, culture and society, with the top priority given to strengthening ASEAN connectivity, he added.

At the event, winners of the “Smart city in the era of industrial revolution 4.0 and its impacts on the lives of urban residents in Ho Chi Minh City” contest were announced.

The contest was jointly held by the Vietnam – Southeast Asia Friendship Association in the city, the Centre for ASEAN Human Resources Research and Training under the Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, and Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities.

Vietnam’s 27-Year ASEAN Membership Marked in Ho Chi Minh City
Delegates pose for a photo. Photo: HUFO

ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967, marking the first milestone in the process of formation and development of a regional organization considered to be very effective and growing strongly.

Vietnam joined ASEAN on July 28, 1995. Over the past 27 years, Vietnam has proactively and actively participated in ASEAN economic integration and, together with other member countries, built an important foundation for the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community. To date, the ASEAN Free Trade Area is one of the cooperation frameworks that Vietnam has the strongest commitment to opening up the goods market.

In a similar event, an exhibition-themed “ASEAN Cultural Colors” will be held at the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi from August 8 – 12 to mark the 55th anniversary of ASEAN.

The event, jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the embassies of the ASEAN member countries in Vietnam, will put on display the traditional costumes of each member state and aims to provide visitors with a vivid picture of the richness in culture of Southeast Asian nations.

The “ASEAN Cultural Colours” exhibition is also to honor the traditional values and beautiful souls of people in the ASEAN community, contributing to enhancing connectivity, solidarity, and friendship among ASEAN member countries.

Hannah Nguyen