Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung described sustainable
development as the key to fighting rising global challenges in his
address to the second plenary session of the 10thEurope Meeting (ASEM) held in Milan,
Asia-ASEM should put people at the center of its development, thus
strengthening the two continents' capacity to fight global
issues such as the economic downturn, climate change, disasters and the
threat of epidemics such as Ebola, he said, citing Asia and Europe were hit by
70 percent of global disasters and two-thirds of disaster victims were in Asia.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and international leaders at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
The Government leader emphasized priorities for ASEM cooperation
such as contributing to the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015
agenda, as well as approaches to existing problems such as food security, water
resources, energy and climate change.
He also appreciated the support of other member countries for
initiatives to hold an ASEM conference on protecting water resources to ensure
food security, an ASEM youth week on poverty and a conference on green growth
skills toward sustainable development.
At the 14th Asia-Europe Business Forum, the Prime
Minister stressed that Vietnam
was rapidly restructuring its economy and shifting its growth model.
Once 14 free trade agreements currently under negotiation are
finalized and implemented by 2020, the country will be an important link in the
large Asia-Europe economic network of 56 countries, Dung said.
He urged Asian and European enterprises to implement ASEM action
programs to facilitate trade and investment, and support developing member countries
to deal with non-traditional security challenges.
ASEM leaders at the forum told businesses to assist governments
in increasing trade and investment flows; ensuring food, water and energy
security; developing green technologies; and managing resources in a