Head of the Vietnam’s PermanentMission to ASEAN, Ambassador Tran Duc Binh attended the 11th meetingof the ASEAN – US Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) in Jakarta onFebruary 14.
Delegates at the event - Photo: VNA
The annual meeting aimed to reviewthe implementation of projects and cooperation programmes within the frameworkof the ASEAN – US strategic partnership.
Both sides spoke highly of importantprogress in bilateral strategic partnership over the past years, as well as theimplementation of contents under the ASEAN – US Plan of Action for the2016-2020 period.
Education and training cooperationprogrammes such as the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme, the Young SoutheastAsian Leaders’ Initiative, Fulbright scholarships and training courses forLower Mekong Initiative countries contributed to assisting ASEAN membercountries in improving the capacity of tapping opportunities from the fourthindustrial revolution, participants heard.
ASEAN member countries lauded the USfor joint work with the bloc in the fields of maritime and cyber security,trans-national challenges such as terrorism and natural disasters, as well asregional cooperation mechanisms such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, the ASEANDefence Ministers’ Meeting Plus, and the East Asia Summit.
The US side affirmed appreciation forcooperation with ASEAN and its important position in the Indo-Pacific strategybased on the principles of freedom, transparency, law compliance, as well asASEAN’s central role and ASEAN-led mechanisms.
In the near future, the US willcontinue intensifying collaboration with ASEAN via building the ASEAN – US Planof Action for the 2021 – 2025 period, the ASEAN-USAID Partnership for RegionalOptimisation with the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities, andthe USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade andE-Commerce project.
The US committed further support forASEAN’s efforts and role in the negotiations of a Code of Conduct in the EastSea with China, ensuring maritime security and safety, peaceful settlement ofdisputes in line with international law, including the 1982 United NationsConvention on the Law of the Sea.
Chargé d’Affaires at the USMission to ASEAN Melisa Brown hailed the theme “Cohesive and Responsive” andpriorities during set by Vietnam for its ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020.
The US will actively support Vietnamto shoulder the role of the chair and orientations to ASEAN – US cooperationprogrammes to realise such priorities, especially those regarding humanresources development, digital economy and sustainable development, she said.