Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi for Singapore on Tuesday morning to attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit that is scheduled to commence on the afternoon of the same day.
PM Phuc and his spouse will participate in the summit and related high-level meetings from November 13 to 15 at the invitation of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
They are also accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh, along with other senior officials.
The 33rd ASEAN Summit is the second summit in 2018 under the ASEAN Chairmanship of Singapore. Leaders of member nations will discuss ways to promote cooperation in economic matters, trade, and infrastructure at the summit themed “Building a resilient and innovative ASEAN."
Focus will also be directed on strengthening connectivity to cope with the changes in the world economy, and to address other global challenges. The leaders will also discuss issues to contribute to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world. ASEAN is short for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a political and economic organization whose members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.