Vietnam to host the much-delayed ASEAN summit remotely

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Vietnam hosting ASEAN summit

Vietnam will host the much-delayed 36th ASEAN Summit via teleconference, aims to tackle regional public health issues and funding to support its fight against Covid-19.

According to Deputy Director-General of the ASEAN Affairs Department, Usana Peeranon, this summit will be the first ever to take place via online/teleconferencing in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Vietnam will be the host for this year meeting from June 22 to 26, 2020.

The ASEAN Chair is expected to emphasize the unity and cooperation in the region to effective respond to the current crisis. ASEAN leaders will also tackle cooperation on public health and draft measures for the rehabilitation of the region post Covid-19.

Human and food security, women’s rights, economic growth are topics also expected to be discussed in the summit. The ASEAN fund for Covid-19 response will also be the key topic for this year’s meeting as the policy has so far garnered approval from all members. The regional fund is expected to be ratified in the upcoming summit so that the funds can aid the member states on their fight against the virus.

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