|PM Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the policy dialogue__Photo: VNA
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended and delivered a keynote speech at the policy dialogue on Vietnam’s global vision during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on January 16 (local time).
It was one of the eight policy dialogues featuring heads of States and Governments organized by the WEF, reflecting the organization’s positive evaluation of Vietnam's international role, position, achievements, vision and development prospects.
As a highlight of the WEF Davos 2024, the event saw the distinguished presence of Prof. Klaus Schwab, WEF Founder and Executive Chairman, along with 100 leaders and representatives from various countries, international organizations, corporations and businesses that are members of the WEF. Renowned international relations commentator Thomas Friedman from The New York Times and author of the book "The World is Flat" assumed the role of event coordinator.
Schwab expressed his delight at welcoming PM Chinh for the first time to the WEF Davos meeting, hailing Vietnam not only as a star in the East Asia but also a nation in the process of ascending as an economically influential player on the global stage. He also highly praised Vietnam's role as one of the trailblazers in the development of a green and smart economy.
Sharing a similar view with Schwab, Friedman described Vietnam as an exemplary model of reform and development, internationally recognized for its rapid and sustainable economic progress. In his coordinating role, he expressed a keen interest in understanding Vietnam's experiences, development directions and contributions to the global problem-solving process.
In his speech, PM Chinh highlighted Vietnam’s key directions and stance throughout its nation-building and development process, and great achievements of historical significance during the nearly 40 years of reform.
Drawing on these successes, he outlined five major lessons, including steadfastly pursuing the path of socialism, maintaining a consistent stance on the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralism and diversification of external ties, being a trusted friend, reliable partner and responsible member of the international community; considering the people the architects of history; upholding the strength of great national unity; combining the power of the nation with contemporary forces; and upholding the leadership role of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV).
Building upon these lessons, PM offered two suggestions to other nations. He proposed that they identify resources starting from mindset, motivation rooted in innovation, and strength derived from the people. He also underscored the role of international solidarity and multilateralism in addressing global challenges.
The second suggestion was placing people at the center as the main subject, the most crucial resource, the driving force, and the ultimate goal of development. Accordingly, people should be directly involved in and benefit from policies.
In response to Friedman's query regarding Vietnam's stance in balancing relations with major powers, Chinh underscored the nation’s status as one of the most adversely affected since the Second World War, enduring persistent impacts from wars, blockades, and sanctions. Nevertheless, Vietnam has put the past aside, overcome differences, promoted similarities, and aimed towards the future to turn adversaries into friends.
He asserted that the recent visits to Vietnam by Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden demonstrate unwavering political trust between the nation and its two partners, as well as its foreign policy of independence and self-reliance for peace, cooperation, development, prosperity, multilateralism, and diversification.
Highlighting several priority areas for Vietnam in the near future, including digital transformation, science and technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and green transition, the PM considered these as both objective requirements and strategic choices.
Regarding the semiconductor field, he shared Vietnam's endeavors in developing strategic infrastructure, particularly in information technology, and disclosed plans to train 50,000 - 100,000 engineers in the time to come.
Addressing artificial intelligence (AI), Chinh affirmed Vietnam's proactive approach in leveraging its advantages and mitigating its negative aspects, starting with building a national database, refining investment attraction policies, and boosting the effectiveness of manpower training.
He stressed the Vietnamese Government's commitment to further developing three strategic breakthroughs in institutions, infrastructure, and human resources, creating the most favorable conditions for foreign companies to engage in cooperative endeavors, based on maximizing mutual trust, hope, and determination. He said he wishes businesses will integrate production, consumption, research, and training.
The PM said Vietnam stands among the nations most severely impacted by climate change, underscoring its commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). Vietnam has worked to adapt to landslides, droughts, and natural disasters, implementing an innovative initiative for cultivating one million hectares of high-quality and low-emission rice, which aligns with global sustainability trends and promotes Vietnam's crucial role in ensuring global food security.
His remarks received high praise from delegates participating in the session, whose open and interactive format as well as diverse media coverage effectively disseminated the message of a Vietnam with a new great plan, potential, position, and credibility.- (VNA/VLLF)