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Wef asean opening ceremony held in Vietnam

The opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum on Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held yesterday morning, presided by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam. .

Ten state leaders representing the ASEAN participated at the event, while Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Hu Chunhua participated as the Chief Guest.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe participated at the event as a Special Guest.

Following Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivering the welcome speech read out the message and best wishes of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres presented to the Forum.

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong addressing the opening session said that the dividends of the fourth economic revolution should be shared among the countries in the region. Thereafter, ASEAN leaders addressed the forum.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi addressing the forum said that the Myanmar has been able to show positive changes during the last few years in many fields, including the use of the available technological advancements and social media.She added that Myanmar is striving hard develop on par with the other countries after been stagnant for several decades.

She emphasised the importance of developing each country in the region since a single country could affect the development of the region. She also said that Mynmar’s attention has been drawn to promote practical education rather than academic education.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong also spoke at the event.