He hailed the military for its active participation in searching for and rescuing victims during the recent natural disasters in Central Vietnam as well as for its contributions to achieving the dual goals of combating COVID-19 and maintaining socio-economic development.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the event.

This year, Vietnam is one of the countries with highest growth rates in the world, he said, adding that the national macro-economy is stable while inflation is under control and trade surplus is expected to be 20 billion USD.

Regarding the 37th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings recently hosted by Vietnam, the PM underlined that the country has successfully organized these most important events in its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 virtually for the first time. Regional countries have highly valued the host's efforts and congratulated the host on the successful organization.

During Vietnam's ASEAN Chairmanship 2020, PM Phuc chaired and co-chaired 15 high-level conferences and 10 high-level sideline meetings. The 37th ASEAN Summit adopted over 80 documents, the largest number of documents that has ever been passed at an ASEAN summit so far.

Particularly, leaders of regonal countries adopted new measures to prevent and control COVID-19 based on Vietnam's initiatives, such as the ASEAN fund for COVID-19 response, a regional reserve of medical supplies, and a comprehensive recovery plan during and after the pandemic.

The summit also approved the ASEAN roadmap to the future and the Hanoi Declaration on the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, with the aim of laying a firm foundation for regional development.

The East Sea issue was also mentioned, in regards to peace, stability, international law observance, the guarantee of maritime and aviation freedom, and the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, towards a practical, effective, and law-binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

In particular, the 10 ASEAN member states and five partner countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest free trade deal, covering 2.2 billion people (about 30 percent of the global population) and 30 percent of the world’s GDP.

The leader said prioritized targets had been met and even surpassed, thus laying the groundwork for the bloc to continue developing into the future, adding that Vietnam played an important role in all meetings.

He hailed the academy for fulfilling the tasks assigned to it by the Central Military Commission and the Defense Ministry.

He required the academy to continue fighting wrongful and hostile allegations, especially at a time when important events are to take place, such as the 13th National Party Congress and the election of deputies to the 15th National Assembly.

Towards the 76th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army and the 31st anniversary of the All-People Defense Festival, the PM affirmed that the Party, State and army will continue with drastic reform to effectively pool and use every resource, creating a new driving force for rapid and sustainable development.

Translated by Song Anh