Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has opened a first ASEAN research center at the Institute for International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv.
The opening ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 19 and brought together academic leaders and ambassadors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including heads of Vietnamese diplomatic missions, from Indonesia and Malaysia, Ukrinform reports referring to MFA Ukraine press. service.
“Last year, I discussed with the ambassadors of ASEAN countries in Ukraine what we can do to develop cooperation. I proposed that an ASEAN research center be founded in Ukraine. Today we have implemented the initiative. The center lays the foundation for a new level of quality cooperation between Ukraine and ASEAN, ”the Minister said.
The main task of the Center is to establish effective interaction between researchers and academics, to develop humanitarian, educational and people-to-people contacts between Ukraine and ASEAN countries.
During the opening ceremony, Kuleba addressed the students of the Institute of International Relations, speaking about key aspects of Ukraine’s foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region and priorities for cooperation with the ASEAN.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude for the joint efforts in the establishment of the Center to the teams of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute of International Relations, the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and partners of the ‘ASEAN, and noted the contribution of embassies. from Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
According to the Foreign Ministry, during the 54 years of its existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, has become one of the most influential centers of world politics and economy. Its total GDP is now estimated at $ 3.2 trillion.
The economy is forecast to grow at 4.1% this year, rising to 5.3% next year. In terms of trade in goods and services, the Association ranks 4th in the world after the EU, China and the United States.
In August of this year, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine was granted observer status in the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. The decision was made by consensus of ASEAN member states.