ASEAN Community commemorative stamp rolled out hinh anh 1The official stamp to welcome the ASEAN Community introduced (Photo:VNA)
The official stamp to welcome the ASEAN Community was launched by the Ministry of Information and Communications on August 7 in Hanoi, presenting the “One Vision, One Identity, One Community” spirit of the community and the hope for a united, peaceful and prosperous region.

The stamp was also rolled out in other ASEAN member countries on the same day to celebrate the ASEAN Community’s establishment.

It is the first time a common design for a stamp and postmark is being used in all ten ASEAN member states.

The stamp features the flags of each member nation in the form of a five-petal flower to portray the diversity yet solidarity within the bloc, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son said in the launching ceremony.

Designed by Vietnamese artist Vu Kim Lien, it has golden ears of rice below the flags that refer to the wet-rice agriculture, the regional way of life for generations.

The postmark was designed by another Vietnamese national, Nguyen Du, with the placement of the ASEAN emblem in the middle of the design wrapped by three circles in the form of a C which symbolise the “three pillars” of the ASEAN Community – Political-Security, Economy, and Socio-Culture.

The artists are the winners of an ASEAN post contest that took place in Thailand.

The ASEAN Community is slated to officially come into being on December 31 this year.-VNA