Vietnam PM attends 8th ASEM summit

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Vietnamese officials led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made an official visit to Belgium on Sunday for the eighth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit.


Mr. Dung was invited by Belgium's Prime Minister Yves Leterme and President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, according to Vietnam's Foreign Ministry.


The summit will take place in Brussels on October 4 and 5. 


Sean Doyle, Head of the EU delegattion to Vietnam, said the conference theme, "quality of life, achieving greater wellbeing and more dignity for all citizens,"  relates to the Millennium Development Targets set by the United Nations.


Discussions will focus on moving towards more effective global financial and economic governance and advancing on a path of sustainable development. There'll also be talks about resolving challenges posed by organized criminals, terrorists and climate change.


Leading officials from 48 Asian and European countries will meet with European Union officials and Surin Pitsuwan, the General Secretary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Russia, Australia and New Zealand will participate for the first time.


PM Dung will sit down with ASEM leaders and businesses for the 12th Asia-Euope Business Forum. Reperesentatives from four Vietnamese businesses will also attend the discussion.


Vietnamese officials will also participate in a cultural exhibition celebrating the 2,500-year interaction between Asia and Europe. Vietnam has submitted 30 relics to be displayed at the conference.


Established in 1996, ASEM has provided a forum for dialogue between Europe and Asia, with the partners now representing 60 percent of the world's population, 50 percent of the global GDP and more than 60 percent of international commerce.

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