Exactly a quarter of a century ago, ASEM was founded by 26 Leaders from Asia and Europe as a bridge that connects the two continents. ASEM has grown beyond initial expectations and established itself as a crucial platform for dialogue and cooperation. As the largest cooperation forum between the two continents, ASEM has been instrumental in forging links and multi-layered cooperation for peace and development.
After 25 years, the Forum finds itself at the critical stage of transformation, as the world continues to witness dynamic changes in economic, political and geostrategic environment, especially in the post-pandemic period, which gives rise to new issues and challenges to multilateral fora and mechanisms, including ASEM. Global challenges are growing with greater complexity and cannot be dealt with by any individual country or region.
The High-level Policy Dialogue organised in Hanoi on the 22nd of June by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam with supports from Hanns Seidel Foundation was a valuable occasion for nearly 200 delegates from governmental agencies, enterprises, social organisations and scholars from 53 ASEM countries, and international organisations to look back on significant achievements of the ASEM in the past 25 years and to discuss development orientations and visions of the cooperation between the two continents in the new context.
HE. Mr Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, chair of the Dialogue, emphasised the decisive role of the Asia-Europe partnership in fostering dialogues to promote peace, security, and sustainable and inclusive development in both continents and the world as a whole.