Preparations underway in Vietnam for Asean defence-military events in 2020

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) – Deputy Minister of Defence Senator Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh has praised efforts to make early preparations for the Asean Year 2020.

He said this at a conference held in Hanoi on Wednesday by the Ministry of Defence’s steering committee on ASEAN 2020 to implement a project on organising ASEAN defence-military events in 2020 when Vietnam assumes the ASEAN Chair.

According to a report from the ministry’s Department of Foreign Relations, the project was approved in April 2018, with leaders of the ministry passing decisions on the establishment of the steering committee and its subcommittees, a plan for the implementation of the project, and a list of relevant activities.

Since the beginning of 2019, content consultations for Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN chairmanship have been underway across different levels via dialogue and visit exchanges between leaders of countries involved and on the sidelines of multilateral events.

The steering committee has coordinated with relevant agencies of the Defence Ministry and others to carry out preparations in terms of content, communications, as well as training of reception and language skills.

Highlighting the political importance of successfully undertaking the chairmanship, the Deputy Minister of Defence, who is also Deputy Head of the Steering Committee, stressed the role of the Vietnam People’s Army in global integration and contribution to the overall success of the country in 2020.

Vinh recommended agencies under the ministry pay attention to and make suitable investment in preparing for the year, particularly in human resources, planning, and facilities.

He suggested the ministry’s topics for 2020 should be based on main features of the country’s ASEAN year theme.

He urged relevant agencies to coordinate in communications and training work.

The official also assigned the foreign relations department to monitor the operation of the subcommittees and other units and to work closely with the Foreign Ministry in all aspects.