PM inspects preparations for 36th ASEAN Summit hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (front, second, right) examines preparations for the 36th ASEAN Summit on June 25 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Hanoi on June 25 to inspect preparations for the 36th ASEAN Summit, which will be held in the form of a video conference on June 26.

The gathering will be the first official summit hosted by Vietnam as ASEAN Chair in 2020.

The PM expressed his pleasure at the progress made, stressing that it is important to ensure uninterrupted links between delegates during the event.

He asked authorised agencies to finalise all works before the event begins.

As ASEAN Chair in 2020, PM Phuc will preside over the opening ceremony of the summit and will be joined by leaders from other ASEAN member states.

ASEAN leaders will take stock of the ASEAN Community’s building efforts and the challenges ahead and adopt a number of key documents to improve the lives of people in the bloc post-COVID-19.

The summit will concentrate on the key tasks of countering the pandemic, preparing a comprehensive post-pandemic recovery plan for the region, and compiling plans for implementing Vietnam’s initiatives in the year.

Leaders will also focus on completing the mid-term review, building plans towards a post-2025 ASEAN Vision, and carrying out communications campaigns to enhance ASEAN’s image.

They are expected to adopt an ASEAN Chair Statement on the outcomes of the 36th ASEAN Summit, a Vision Statement on ASEAN’s cohesive and proactive adaptation, and an ASEAN Declaration on human resources development for the changing world of work.

The summit is expected to attract 200 domestic and international reporters./.