1. We, the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met on 31 July 2019 at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Bangkok. We underlined the need to further strengthen cooperation and advance our partnership to ensure sustainability in all dimensions for ASEAN amidst the rapid changes in Southeast Asia and beyond. ASEAN COMMUNITY-BUILDING 2. We reaffirmed our commitment to the full and effective implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement on Partnership for Sustainability. We reaffirmed the importance of maintaining ASEAN centrality and unity in our community-building efforts, engagement with external partners and regional architecture. We commended the ongoing work of all ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and Organs for progress in the implementation of the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) … [Read more...] about Joint Communique of 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Positive youth development model
Foodbank Việt Nam provides food to people in need. — Photo www.foodbankvietnam.com HCM CITY — Young people play an important role in reducing food waste and contributing to food security, Nguyễn Tuấn Khởi, founder and CEO of non-profit Foodbank Việt Nam, has said. The workshop, with the theme of “Food Waste and Youth’s Responsibility” held in HCM City on Thursday, noted that many young people were taking part in Foodbank Việt Nam to minimise food waste and educate people about not wasting food. “We are distributing food to needy people and reducing food wastage in the country,” Khởi said. A survey by Electrolux of 4,000 households across eight countries found that Việt Nam ranked second in the food waste index in the Asia-Pacific region, following China. After more than one year of operation, Foodbank Viet Nam … [Read more...] about Youth to take part in reducing food waste
Vietnam has gained a lot of significant achievements in SDG on poverty reduction (Illustrative image. Source VNA) Da Nang (VNA) – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam coordinated with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to hold a meeting in the central city of Da Nang on December 18 on realising challenges posed for Vietnam in the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs). The event is part of a conference themed “The National Assembly and sustainable development goals”. A wide range of issues were discussed at the meeting, such as climate change adaptation, poverty reduction and elimination, food security guarantee, sustainable agriculture development, gender equality, and female and youth empowerment. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan said that Vietnam is considered one of the countries bearing the most brunt in terms of climate change impact. According to … [Read more...] about Vietnam accelerates implementation of sustainable development goals
A co-working space in Ha Noi. The proliferation of co-working space in the country has been viewed as helpful to the fast-growing start-up scene. — VNS Photo Bao Hoa Banking on solid economic growth, a young population and strong internet coverage, Viet Nam has been making efforts to become a start-up nation. The country has set its sights on having one million active businesses by 2020, and at the core of this community will be 5,000 innovative start-ups at the forefront of technology, ushering the country’s labour-intensive growth into the new age of digitisation and out of the middle-income trap. The Government started getting serious about the issue in 2016 – marking the year as the national start-up year and putting in place the Prime Minister’s ‘National Programme for Supporting an Innovative Startup Ecosystem through 2025’, or Project 844. According to FPT Insight, a start-up ecosystem involves several stakeholders, including the Government, … [Read more...] about VN’s start-ups have ambitious plans, but is red tape holding back development?
The opinions of local and foreign insiders about Vietnam's Millennial entrepreneurs. Ms. Ninh Do, Country Marketing Manager (Vietnam), Google Asia Pacific Millennials are a driving force globally, not just in Vietnam. And while “millennials” has been a popular term in other countries for several years now, it has only been used recently in Vietnam and mostly among corporate people, especially marketing professionals, whose job is to understand user insights and behavior. Vietnamese millennials are the first generation in Vietnam to be so connected to the world and they see the world from a very different lens as well. They are and continue to be the driving force of the economy, booming with new business ideas, and will lay the foundation for Generation X and Z to push for an even bigger and more rapid change. It’s clear that Industry 4.0 is the key focus of the Vietnamese Government in driving economic growth. As Vietnam becomes more and more connected to the … [Read more...] about Passion abounds among millennial entrepreneurs