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Vietnam becomes co-chair of the Southeast Asia Regional Program of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

According to the Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in Seoul, on February 9, at the 2nd Ministerial Conference of the Southeast Asian Regional Program (SEARP) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held in Seoul, Korea, Vietnam and Australia have officially assumed the role of co-chairs of SEARP for the term 2022-2025, succeeded Thailand and Korea.



Vietnam and Australia have officially assumed the role of co-chairs of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - run Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) for the term 2022-2025

Attending the Conference were the Ministers and delegation heads of OECD’s 38 member economies, ASEAN’s member countries, OECD Secretary - General, ASEAN Secretary -General and leaders of many related international organizations.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, the RoK Foreign Minister Chung Eui-Yong emphasized that ASEAN is the one of the focuses of South Korea's New Southern Policy. The RoK will continue to strengthen cooperation with the bloc to make more contributions to the building of a greener, smarter and more inclusive ASEAN.

OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann also confirmed that ASEAN is a strategic priority area; The OECD wishes to promote cooperation with and support for ASEAN member countries in economic reform, cohesion and closer proximity to OECD standards.

Conference witnessed the signing ceremony of the ASEAN - OECD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two Secretary - Generals of ASEAN and the OECD. With 31 areas of cooperation, the MOU creates an important framework for enhancing the partnership between ASEAN and the OECD in the coming time.

Immediately after the opening ceremony, the Ministers held two important discussions on the building of a greener, smarter ASEAN for an inclusive future, and the ensuring of green recovery towards a more self-resilient ASEAN. The Ministers agreed on many cooperation programs on promoting digital transformation, especially in areas such as digital skills training, smart city development, e-commerce, support for medium and large enterprises, tourism restoration and digital governance…

The conference also discussed many cooperation contents to support countries in the region in sustainable infrastructure development, environmentally friendly technology, agriculture in response to climate change, etc.

Addressing at the conference, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son proposed three areas of cooperation to strengthen the OECD and ASEAN partnership in the coming time.

Firstly, the OECD continues to support and coordinate policy consultancy for ASEAN and regional countries in the digital transformation process. The OECD and ASEAN members need to promote coordination in research and policy formulation in areas of practical significance such as smart governance, digital government, new business models in the digital economy, and electronic trade, network security... Minister Bui Thanh Son suggested that the OECD and its members strengthen their assistance to ASEAN in effectively implementing the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework, the ASEAN Industry 4.0 Strategy, and the ASEAN Digital Master Plan 2025 and other action programmes related to digital transformation.

Secondly, to ensure that all people benefit from digitization, receive training and access to digital technology, focusing on training and retraining human resources, and supporting small, medium and micro enterprises. in digital transformation, strengthening public-private partnerships.

Thirdly, the OECD strengthens cooperation with, support for ASEAN in developing a low-carbon economy, and fulfills its commitments at COP26 towards a greener and more sustainable future.

Minister Bui Thanh Son also suggested that the OECD and its member countries strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in developing the digital economy, implementing the National Program on digital transformation by 2030 and achieving the digital economy goals that account for 20% of GDP (by 2025) and 30% of GDP (by 2030); supporting Vietnam in transforming its growth model, increasing investment in renewable energy, high technology and training high-quality human resources.

The Ministers agreed to adopt a Joint Statement for a human-centre future - Partnership for a smarter, greener and more inclusive ASEAN, affirming the strong commitment of the OECD and Southeast Asia countries to strengthen cooperation for economic recovery, promoting digital transformation, digital economy and green growth.

At the closing ceremony of the conference, Australia and Vietnam officially took the charge of the co-chair of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)-run Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) for 2022-2025, succeeded from Korea and Thailand.

* On the occasion of his attendance at the 2nd SEARP Ministerial Conference, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son received Mr. Mathias Cormann, Secretary General of the OECD and Mr. Stanislav Rascan, State Secretary and Acting Minister of Development Cooperation of Slovenia.

General Secretary Mathias Cormann congratulated Vietnam's socio-economic development achievements; highly appreciated that Vietnam has been elected by SEARP members as Co-Chair of the SEARP Program; believed that with the role, position and prestige in the region, Vietnam and Australia will contribute to continue promoting the program's activities. The OECD Secretary - General also affirmed that the OECD and its member countries will continue to accompany Vietnam in efforts to recover the economy, transform growth models, digital technology, and realize the goals of rapid and sustainable development.

At the meeting with the State Secretary and Acting Minister of Development Cooperation of Slovenia, the two parties pledged to promote the practical multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Slovenia, especially in the fields of trade and investment, and at the same time strengthen the coordination and support for each other at multilateral forums and mechanisms.

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