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Vietnamese Ambassador takes office as ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General

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February 17, 2021 | 08:08

Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Duc Binh is appointed as the Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs for 2021 – 2024.

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Ambassador Tran Duc Binh - new Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs.

He took office at a ceremony in Jakarta on February 15 and officially began his three-year tenure from 2021 to 2024, reported VNA.

He will support the Secretary-General of ASEAN in providing strategic direction and guidance on corporate, legal and public affairs as well as outreach activities. On a daily basis, he will oversee the implementation of administration and general affairs, finance and budget, human resources, information technology, information resource management, community outreach, stakeholder engagements, protocol, conference and formalities, legal affairs, programme cooperation and project management, among others.

As stated in the ASEAN Charter, the Secretary General of ASEAN shall be assisted by four deputies. Two deputies are nominated by the ASEAN member states on a rotational basis for a non-renewable term of three years, while the two remainders are openly recruited based on merit for a three-year term which may be renewed for another three years.

At the 27th meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Council on September 2020, ASEAN Foreign Ministers agreed on Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi’s proposal on appointing Ambassador Binh as the new Deputy Secretary-General.

Binh was recruited after surpassing nearly 20 candidates from other ASEAN nations. His success means Vietnam having a representative in the management board of the ASEAN Secretariat for 11 years consecutively from 2013 to 2024.

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As an experienced diplomat, Binh served numerous appointments at the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to assuming his latest post, he was based in Jakarta, Indonesia, as the Vietnamese Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ASEAN between 2018 and 2021.

He holds an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and gained his BA in English Linguistics from Ha Noi University of Foreign Studies.

With this latest posting, Vietnam will continually have representatives in leadership positions in the ASEAN Secretariat between January 2013 and February 2024: Secretary-General Le Luong Minh (January 2013 - January 2018), Deputy Secretary-General Hoang Anh Tuan (February 2018 - February 2021), and now Deputy Secretary-General Tran Duc Binh (February 2021 - February 2024).

Also assuming office the same day with the diplomat was Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political Security Community Robert Matheus Michael Tene./.

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