By 2030, Vietnam will strive to become one of the key members with the leading role in the national defense and security cooperation mechanisms in the region.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (center) attends the Plenary Session of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 21, 2015__Photo: VGP
This is set forth in Prime Minister Decision No. 40 dated January 7, approving the Strategy for international integration through 2020, with a vision toward 2030.
Accordingly, the country will focus on increasing the national combined strength and taking advantage of favorable global conditions to turn ours into a modern industrial country, safeguarding national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and raising the country’s position and prestige in the world.
The specific goals set by the Strategy include expanding markets; improving competitiveness of the national economy, enterprises and products; promoting development of domestic industries, growth model renovation and economic restructuring; accelerating national industrialization and modernization; and strengthening internal resources and relieving the dependence on external resources; narrowing the development gap between the country and the ASEAN-6 nations.
In terms of international integration level, Vietnam will strive to stand abreast of the ASEAN-6 group (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) by 2020 and the ASEAN-4 group (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines) by 2025, and become one of leading ASEAN countries in some particular fields by 2030.
In addition, Vietnam needs to maintain a peaceful and favorable environment for development; enhance the country’s profile in the international arena and in relationships with partners around the world; maintain political security and social order; and make effective use of external resources to modernize the armed forces.
In order to achieve the above-mentioned goals, the country will have to synchronously implement the integration measures in a variety of fields, including stepping up administrative procedure reform, improving the investment environment, speeding up public investment restructuring, and consolidating the connection among provinces and areas, among others.- (VLLF)