HA NOI — The ASEAN commission on the protection of rights of women and children will make debut tomorrow as part of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Council meeting.
The establishment of the commission was part of ASEAN's efforts to improve conditions for women and children, who made up more than 50 per cent of ASEAN's population, said Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam.
It would contribute to building programmes that assisted women and children ensure their rights, Dam said.
Development and welfare for women and children were one of three initiatives put forward by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said Dam, who is the council chairman this year.
Dam said the others were boosting co-operation of ASEAN members in coping with climate change, combating and preventing epidemics and improving human resources for economic development to minimise poverty and unemployment.
The meeting would also discuss progress in implementing the council's blueprint and priority areas for the year.
The council had made some good results, Dam said, including setting up a legal mechanism for its operation and drawing up solutions to issues in the fields of health, education and environment
However, its biggest challenge was to mobilise human resources, choose priorities and implement commitments of the member countries towards the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Southeast Asian deputy finance ministers and state bank deputy governors met yesterday to discuss and prepare documents on the region's financial and monetary integration process for the 14th ASEAN Finance Ministers Meeting and Vice Governors of Centre Bank Council Meeting.
Participants discussed the ASEAN financial and monetary integration road map in the fields of capital market development, capital account and financial service liberalisation and monetary co-operation.
Also discussed were the implementation of ASEAN working committee initiatives and action plans to fulfil the set targets for the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.
The meeting approved recommendations of the working groups, including the build-up of the ASEAN market index system for the development evaluation, the market's opening and liquidity, as well as a programme to promote investment in the ASEAN market.
The documents will be submitted to the finance and banking council meeting today.
Yesterday's meeting also proposed to establish an ASEAN infrastructure financing fund, in co-operation with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, to promote the mobilisation of regional infrastructure investment. This was expected to be an emerging initiative in the ASEAN financial co-operation, which required all member nations to keep discussing it to ensure its feasibility.
The meeting agreed to submit to the ministers for signing the revised protocol of the ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature regarding ASEAN immigration goods.
The meeting also discussed ASEAN's viewpoint on the Asian Bond Market Initiative and the Chiang Mai Initiative Multila-teralisation, which will be the basis for the discussion at the ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Deputies' meeting today in Nha Trang.
The meetings in Nha Trang are part of the 2010 ASEAN Year which Viet Nam will chair. It will organise the regional leaders' two-day summit in Ha Noi later this week.
The international press centre at the Ha Noi National Convention Centre opened yesterday for the summit's high-level meetings on Thursday and Friday.
More than 600 reporters have registered to cover the summit, half of them from foreign news agencies.
The Sub-committee on Culture and Communications will provide reporters with press releases in Vietnamese and English after each event. Reporters can also attend press conferences and arrange interviews with delegates. — VNS