The ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit, initiated by Vietnam, took the theme of “Women’s role in building a cohesive, dynamic, sustainable and inclusive ASEAN Community in a post COVID-19 world." (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam’s initiatives regarding gender equality and women’s empowerment have been viewed as one of the hallmarks of its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020. Women’s issues were given comprehensive focus for the first time by ASEAN member countries at the ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit in November, initiated by Vietnam. With the theme “Women’s role in building a cohesive, dynamic, sustainable and inclusive ASEAN Community in a post COVID-19 world”, the summit formed part of major activities within the 37 th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits . It also marked the 25th anniversary of the UN adopting the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council’s first resolution on women, peace, and security, and the fifth anniversary … [Read more...] about Women’s empowerment initiatives – Highlight of Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship
Editor’s note : The author of this article is Dr. Ahmad Rizky M. Umar, a researcher and tutor at the University of Queensland, Australia. The views are his. In November 2022, every eye seems to be directed to Southeast Asia. Last week, Cambodia successfully hosted the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit, where major ASEAN dialogue partners attended the forum and met briefly with their counterparts. This week, Indonesia hosts the most difficult G20 Summit in Bali, after a year full of preparatory meetings from Sherpa, ministers, and engagement groups. Thailand hosts APEC meetings attended by APEC political, economic, and business leaders. This series of meetings seems to be a regular diplomatic haunt of these regional and international organizations. Nevertheless, given the global political tension today, these meetings bear exceptional tasks. They are held not only after COVID-19 waves, but also amid disastrous impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war, ongoing U.S.-China rivalry, … [Read more...] about Can Southeast Asia mediate great power conflicts in the 21st century?
Supply shortages At a conference on opportunities and challenges for global value chains during the pandemic and post-pandemic economic recovery, held recently by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), domestic and foreign experts agreed that the pandemic disrupted trade flows to many countries and greatly undermined the global value chain. According to Trinh Minh Anh, head of the office at the Inter-Agency Steering Committee for International Economic Integration, regional and world economies face a huge shortage of intermediate input supplies for industries. The shock also spread rapidly and disrupted the expansion of a global supply chain that was relatively stable in recent years. In addition to challenges, however, the experts pointed to new opportunities for the global supply chain and a new impetus to build a more flexible production network and accelerate supply chain restructuring amid rising protectionism. Nguyen Anh Duong, Director of the Department for … [Read more...] about Global supply chain disruptions persist
Speakers at a conferece discuss Viet Nam's macroeconomic policies in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo A volatile global market, the COVID-19 pandemic, approaching the limit to horizontal expansion and inefficient macroeconomic policies in the past were among the major factors holding back Viet Nam's economic development, according to the Vietnam Center for Economic and Strategic Studies (VESS). In a report on the country's macroeconomics and long-term growth, Prof Pham The Anh, VESS's chief economist, said the Vietnamese economy experienced robust development during the 1991-2021 period, maintaining an annual 6.57 per cent GDP growth. By the end of last year, the country's GDP reached US$363 billion, breaking into the world's top 40 economies. The government has also managed to keep inflation in check while increasing the national foreign exchange reserve tenfold in the 2010-21 period. Viet Nam's GDP per capita reached $3,700 in 2011, a 400 per cent increase from the same figure in … [Read more...] about Macroeconomic and monetary policies key to improving economy