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Hanoi (VNA)
– A workshop was held in Hanoi on October 4 to promote the efficiency of cooperation funds and programmes between ASEAN and its partners.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Foreign Deputy Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung highlighted the formation of the ASEAN Community late 2015 and the consolidation of the ASEAN connectivity via implementing the ASEAN Vision to 2025 and the blueprints for each pillar and sector of the Community.

The implementation of the commitments on ASEAN Community building is buoyed by external efforts and resources, particularly ASEAN cooperation funds as well as cooperation funds and programmes between ASEAN and its partners, contributing to enhancing the regional integration capability, Dung said.

There are over 70 cooperation funds and programmes in the framework of ASEAN and between ASEAN and its partners, according to Dung.

He underlined the significant contribution the funds and programmes have made to promote cooperation within ASEAN and between the bloc and its partners, particularly in narrowing down development gaps and adapt to shared challenges.

The Deputy Minister hoped that in the coming time, ministries, sectors and localities will proactively explore the funds, thus showing Vietnam’s active participation in ASEAN cooperation.

ASEAN General Secretary Le Luong Minh highlighted the role of ASEAN cooperation projects in solving regional issues, saying that they will benefit the bloc and its member nations.

On the occasion, representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat introduced procedures to register and implement projects within the funds.-VNA