HANOI (Xinhua) – Cooperation in youth issues is of great importance both in depth and width in the ASEAN social and cultural community, as young people is the future of the community and leaders of their respective country and in the region as well.

The statement was made here on Thursday by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the opening ceremony of the 7th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY 7) hosted by Vietnam.

In the context of the current changing world, training and developing the resources of young people is a big challenge to, and an imperative need for each government in the ASEAN community for their development, Dung said.

Dung highly spoke of the AMMY 7’s theme,”Youth and human resource developmentInvesting in the future of ASEAN Community”, saying that it is practical as it attaches importance to investment and development of young generation and emphasizes the role and tasks designed to them in implementing the declaration on human resource development and building ASEAN community.

Over the past 44 years of cooperation for development, ASEAN has become a community with stable political security, dynamic economic development and diversified cultures with rich national imprints, Dung said.

The Vietnamese leader also confirmed that Vietnam has paid special attention to the training and development of young human resources, and considered cooperation with ASEAN member countries as part of the country’s external policies of independence, self- governance, diversification and multi-lateralization, together joining hands in building a strong ASEAN community.

This is the first time Vietnam hosts an AMMY which is held biennially by an ASEAN member country in the framework of cooperation among ASEAN youth, and results obtained at AMMY will be presented to the ASEAN Summit.

At AMMY 7, ministers on youth will discuss on youth related issues in cooperation and development, and set measures to promote the role and contribution of young people to building a strong ASEAN community by 2015.