ASEAN+3 eye higher, more strategic financial ties

During the one-day meeting, the ministers exchanged views on recent global and regional economic development and policy management, and reviewed progress of the regional financial cooperation since their last meeting, including the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralisation (CMIM), the Asian Bond Markets Initiative (ABMI) and the ASEAN+3 Research Group.

Viet Nam attends 7th ASEAN People’s Forum

The three-day forum, which drew the participation of over 1,300 delegates from people’s organisations of 10 ASEAN member nations and several regional organisations, continues to pursue goals of speeding up inter-ASEAN integration and building an ASEAN towards the people and the ASEAN Community in 2015. The Vietnamese delegation’s message at APF-7 focused on preventing arms races and protecting peace and stability in the region, especially in the East Sea; worries about projects to build hydropower dams on the Mekong River; and the struggle for justice for millions of Vietnamese AO victims.

Vietnamese rockers win favour at ASEAN fest

With The Wall's professional and impressive style in the performance on May 1, the five-member band’s three songs, especially a song in the style of Vietnamese folk music named “Ra Khoi” (Go out to sea) were praised as an unique combination between the traditional factor and modern rock.

Philippine foreign secretary's visit aims to promote ties

The two sides said the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties on the East Sea was an important document signed between China and ASEAN countries, affirming to strengthen efforts and co-ordination aimed at formulating a comprehensive Code of Conduct.

Vietnam is top spot for Singapore investors

Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are the most popular investment destinations within asean among Singapore firms, according to a new survey.

ASEAN senior officials discuss important issues

A series of ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOMs) has been taking place in Indonesia ’s Yogyakarta city from March 7-9, discussing what the bloc has to work towards the building of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

AEM Retreat wraps up in Laos

The officials shared the view that ASEAN is facing challenges due to a lack of legal regulations for many regional integration commitments and lower than expected harmonisation of policies among ASEAN members. Especially, in the 2010-2011 period of the 104 measures to be completed in the AEC roadmap, 60 percent of them have been left to be done in 2011.

ASEAN Automobile Industry Forum opens in HN

According to Việt Nam’s automobile industry’s development plan till 2020 with vision to 2030, the auto industry will strive to increase its capacity to meet the domestic demands, then exporting to other countries in the region and the world, said Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Lê Dương Quang.

Japanese investors praise Vietnam’s renovation achievements

Susumu Igarashi, Director of the Social Innovation Company, dealing in securities and financial investment in Vietnam and other ASEAN countries, said he first heard of Vietnam’s renovation in 1995 when the first wave of Japanese investment hit Vietnam.

Vietnam attends ASEAN meetings on ICT

The 10th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) and the 11th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officers Meeting (TELSOM) kicked off on Jan. 13 and drew the participation of over 300 representatives of the ICT sector from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its dialogue countries, including China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Forum reviews ASEAN electronics sector’s integration

Businesses of Vietnam and other ASEAN-member countries reviewed the implementation of the bloc’s integration roadmap in the electrical/electronics industry. Electricity and electronics is of 12 prioritised sectors for regional integration, said Le Quang Tan, head of the Vietnamese delegation of Senior Economic Officials (SEOM) and Deputy Director of Multilateral Trade Policy Department.

Music festival to foster regional amity

Seventeen professional singers representing television stations from eight ASEAN countries – Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei and hosts Viet Nam, as well as two other guest singers from Japan will participate in the festival. Pop stars Thu Minh and Kasim Hoang Vu, and winners of HTV song contest Singing Star on TV in 2008 and 2010 – Do Tung Lam and H'Zina Bya, represented Viet Nam at the event.

U13 Vietnam to face U14 ASEAN

The team, coached by former famous player Tran Minh Chien is training at the Thanh Long Sports Complex Centre.

Hanoi’s exports grow rapidly in 2010

The rise was attributed to the fact that the capital city has penetrated major export markets such as EU, the US, Japan, China and ASEAN along with new potential markets such as Africa, Middle East and South Asia. The city has also focused on potential export items, including agricultural products, garment and textile, electronics, computer components, peripheral devices, glass and handicrafts.

Will FIEs continue producing in Vietnam or shift to sell imports?

In late November 2010, at a meeting with the press to introduce products and business strategies in ASEAN countries, including Vietnam, Shigenori Tokumitsu, Deputy President of Visual Products Company belonging to Toshiba Group, said that it is highly possible that the group will relocate its LCD TV production base to Indonesia instead of Vietnam.

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