Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will head a Vietnamese delegation set to attend the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 7-8 in response to a formal invitation from the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The delegation aims to promote the achievements of Viet Nam's Chairmanship during 2010 in its continued efforts to strengthen solidarity and bond amongst ASEAN members.
Viet Nam's successful chairmanship helped create suitable conditions for the establishment of an ASEAN community, based on the three major pillars of political security, economic and social development, by 2015 while also promoting its own central role in the region and contributing to the creation of a more favourable environment for security and development.
During its chairmanship Viet Nam proved successful in mobilising countries in support of its own attendance at the G20 Summit in Canada as well as that of the Republic of Korea on behalf of ASEAN member countries.
The 2011 ASEAN Summit is chaired by Indonesia and carries the theme of "ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations." The Summit will witness the launch of a draft pertaining to the establishment of an ASEAN community within a global community of nations, the actual adoption of which might only take place during the 19th Summit held in Bali in November. — VNS