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Deputy PM highlights importance of ASEAN cooperation in agriculture and forestry

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung highlighted the special importance of agriculture and forestry cooperation between ASEAN member countries together overcoming difficulties and effectively addressing the limitations, thus developing the agricultural sector into one of the solid pillars of the ASEAN Economic Community.

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The deputy PM made the statement at a reception for heads of delegations attending the 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in Ha Noi on October 11.

He stated that ASEAN has affirmed its position as a successful regional cooperation mechanism, with multiple achievements attained in all of its three pillars, including politics-security, economy and culture-society.

The maturity of ASEAN is attributed to the significant contributions of the agro-forestry sector through the periods, Deputy PM Dung said, stressing that close intra-bloc cooperation will make agriculture become one of the ASEAN Economic Community’s strong pillars.

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However, the agricultural sector of Viet Nam and other countries in the region are facing fierce competition from other economic sectors in the use of resources, especially the labor, land and water resources, he stated.

As an active member of the ASEAN Community, Viet Nam attaches importance to the regional cooperation processes and will continue pouring adequate investment and recommending feasible initiatives, contributing to enhancing the efficiency of cooperation and promoting sustainable agricultural development, for the practical benefits of the ASEAN people, the deputy PM affirmed.

Addressing the meeting, ASEAN agriculture ministers shared Deputy PM Dung’s standpoints, affirming that at the 40th AMAF and related meetings, they will discuss together to work out mechanisms to strengthen cooperation between ASEAN nations, as well as between ASEAN and its partners, in a closer and more substantial and effective manner.

                                                                                                            By Vien Nhu

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