The Hanoitimes - “Vietnam is among ASEAN’s largest and most dynamic economies with robust growth reflected by its GDP in recent years,” said Singaporean Ambassador to France Zainal Arif Mantaha on July 29 to Vietnam News Agency at the event ASEAN Family Day in Croissy-sur-Seine city.
According to Zainal Arif Mantaha, Vietnam has seen rapid development in many areas, particularly the digital economy. He was impressed by Vietnam’s efforts and contribution to building ASEAN and strengthening cooperation among its members.
He hoped that Vietnam will continue playing an important part in the bloc’s development.
Speaking of ASEAN’s 50-year journey, he hailed the group’s dedication to stability and peace in Southeast Asia and enhancing partnerships in the entire region. ASEAN has made consultation and dialogue a principle for how its ten member states work together and with partners, Zainal Arif Mantaha stressed.
In addition, ASEAN has established various connections with international associations and important partners. Furthermore, ASEAN has created a favorable environment for the socio-economic development of all its members. This environment has helped each country enrich itself and learn more experiences based on the socio-economic diversity of the bloc.
With regard to tasks to be done in the coming time, the ambassador said ASEAN will increase cooperation and development based on the fundamental achievements achieved in the past five decades.
He was delighted with the growth of ASEAN, especially the establishment of ASEAN Community in 2015 with three pillars: the Political-Security Community, the Economic Community and the Socio-Cultural Community.
With a different point of view between ASEAN members about the the East Sea, Ambassador Mantaha said geographically, ASEAN as a whole is a region under direct impact of any possible dispute on the East Sea. Despite not having a common understanding with regard to this issue, basically, ASEAN agrees that all differences must be resolved through peaceful means and based on international law. He affirmed ASEAN’s confidence in the United Nation’s Convention on Law of the Sea and the bloc’s regulatory framework, and voiced his support for the freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, which is part of an important global maritime trade route.
He believed that ASEAN countries will do everything possible to ensure regional stability and peace.