The Plenary Session was preceded by the Opening Ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits EARLY yesterday morning to welcome the ASEAN Heads of State and Government. The 37th ASEAN Summit is themed "Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN".
The opening statements from His Excellency Nguy?n Phú Tr?ng, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam and President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; and His Excellency Nguy?n Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam as the ASEAN Chairman for 2020, focused on effective responses to emerging challenges towards regional economic growth and recovery, forming a suitable position for a post COVID-19 world, as well as enhancing ASEAN's global role.
At the Opening Ceremony, a video on ASEAN's progress in 2020 was presented, and the ASEAN Prize 2020 was awarded to the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) - Yusof Ishak Institute of the Republic of Singapore.
The ASEAN Prize honours the outstanding achievements of individuals or organisations who foster the ASEAN identity, promote the ASEAN spirit, champion the ASEAN way and have significantly contributed towards ASEAN community building efforts.
Source: Radio Television Brunei