ASEAN political-security, coordinating councils convene meetings
Updated : Saturday, April 28, 2018 3:37 PM (GMT+0700)

The17th ASEAN Political-Security Community Council (APSC) Meeting andthe 21st ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) Meeting took place inSingapore on April 27 on the threshold of the 32nd ASEAN Summit.

The Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham
Binh Minh, attends the two meetings - Photo: VNA

At the APSC meeting, ASEANministers were delighted at the fact that 82 percent of the workload in theAPSC plan in realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 has beenundertaken.

They agreed to increaseall-round cooperation in the fight against terrorism, trans-border crime anddrug trafficking, ensuring maritime and cyber security, nuclear security andsafety, and disaster relief. 

They highlighted thenecessity of monitoring and assessment in boosting intra-bloc cooperation andnoted ASEAN needs to improve its central role in pushing for dialogue,cooperation and trust building in the region. They said they support effortsmade by the bloc and China in negotiating an effective and legally-binding Codeof Conduct in the East Sea (COC).  

At the ACC meeting, theministers reviewed all preparation work for the 32nd ASEANSummit. 

They underscored the need toincrease inter-sector and inter-pillar coordination in ASEAN, which includesimproving capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat and coordinating function of theASEAN Joint Consultative Meeting.

Participating ASEAN memberssaid it is necessary to boost connectivity and narrow development gaps in ASEANvia the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and WorkPlan III of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration.

The ACC voted Kung Phoak, aCambodian national, to be Vice President of the ASEAN Secretariat overseeingthe ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

Speaking at the twofunctions, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minhunderscored the designing of cooperation mechanisms to build trust and thefortification of solidarity, self-resilience and central role of ASEAN based oninternational law and the bloc’s basic regulations in a bid to build apeaceful, safe, and rules-based community.

He also talked aboutcommunications activities to raise public awareness of the ASEAN community,which Vietnam is undertaking via a national plan for 2017 – 2020.

Minh said availableresources of the ASEAN Secretariat should be utilized, while its role bepromoted.

The official praisedSingapore’s initiative of building the ASEAN network of smart cities toward aninnovative and people-centred ASEAN community.


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