ASEAN and Viet Nam's membership
by H.E Mr. HOANG VAN LOI, Ambassador-designate of the S.R of Viet Nam to the Republic of South Africa
7 August 2020
August 8th is celebrated among Southeast Asian countries as ASEAN Day, a time to reflect on how far the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come since its inception on August 8th, 1967 as well as its future prospects. To regional countries, including Viet Nam, ASEAN plays a central role in ensuring peace, security and prosperity in an increasingly uncertain regional and global situation.
ASEAN was established on August 8th 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by its founding members, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The inclusion of Brunei (1984), Viet Nam (1995), Lao PDR and Myanmar (1997) and Cambodia (1999) expanded ASEAN’s scope to the whole of Southeast Asia, effectively transforming the region from the one clouded by the Cold War era’s enmity and division to the one of dialogue, trust and unity.