PM’s Europe tour successful in multiple aspects: Foreign Minister
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s attendance in the 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos and official visits to Hungary and Romania have reaped successes in multiple aspects, said Minister of Foreign Affairs BuiThanh Son.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son__Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s attendance in the 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos and official visits to Hungary and Romania have reaped successes in multiple aspects, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son.

Talking to the media, Son said that with over 30 activities in just two days in Davos, PM Chinh’s participation in the WEF Annual Meeting 2024 reached all the set targets at a high level and strongly popularize the image of Vietnam as a country with a new stature and prestige.

Among the significant results, he elaborated, first, international organizations highly valued Vietnam’s mindset, vision, and solutions shared by PM Chinh about the enhancement of international solidarity, the upholding of multilateralism, the building of strategic trust, and the ensuring of the balance of interests, and the promotion of global and all-people approaches.

In particular, the Country Strategic Dialogue on Vietnam, the dialogue on Vietnam’s global vision, and other sessions left strong impression on participants about the country’s outstanding socio-economic achievements, development orientations and strategies, foreign policy of independence and self-reliance, and responsible and effective contributions to regional and global peace and development.

Second, the PM’s speeches sent out clear messages about Vietnam as a dynamically developing and reforming country and an attractive destination for global enterprises.

Representatives of enterprises said they were impressed with Vietnam’s strategic development vision, expressed their interest in investment and business opportunities in the country, and pledged to send business delegations to Vietnam in the time ahead, the Foreign Minister said.

Third, via the world’s leading economic forum, Vietnam grasped new cooperation mindsets and ideas, along with new trends of the global economy, realizing that the world is entering a new development stage with growth driven by artificial intelligence and low-carbon technologies. And,

Fourth, the Government leader’s participation continued to step up Vietnam’s relations with the WEF in an increasingly substantive manner, in such fields as setting up an Industry 4.0 center in Ho Chi Minh City and helping develop new skills for high-quality human resources to shape an ecosystem for strengthening national competitiveness, Son went on.

He added that in Davos, PM Chinh also engaged in more than 20 meetings with leaders of countries, international organizations, and major enterprises to further intensify relations with partners in various areas, especially economy, trade, investment, science, technology, digital transformation, green transition, health care, and intellectual property.

PM Pham Minh Chinh (center) and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban (second, right) attend a business forum between the two countries in Budapest on January 19.__Photo: VNA

The PM’s official visits to Hungary and Romania following his attendance in the WEF Annual Meeting were also highly successful. They marked the first delegation exchange at the PM level with Hungary in seven years and with Romania in five years, ahead of the 75th anniversary of Vietnam’s diplomatic ties with the two European countries in 2025. They aimed to continue strongly implementing the foreign policy set at the 13th National Party Congress, which prioritizes reinforcing relations with comprehensive and traditional partners, helping deepen political trust and connections with the Central and Eastern European friends in all fields, according to Son.

During the visits, he said, PM Chinh had over 30 meetings with all high-ranking leaders of the States, Governments, parliaments, and political parties of Hungary and Romania. He also delivered policy speeches at universities, took part in business forums, met with the two countries’ friendship associations with Vietnam, talked to the Vietnamese communities, and visited some economic, scientific, and technical establishments there.

Leaders of both Hungary and Romania noted they were strongly impressed with Vietnam’s socio-economic development achievements, and also spoke highly of Vietnam’s growing stature in the international arena.

Affirming that Vietnam is a partner of leading importance of their countries in the Asia-Pacific, they expressed their hope that bilateral relations will grow in a more substantive and effective manner, and that their countries and Vietnam will coordinate to deal with international issues and respond to global challenges.  

PM Pham Minh Chinh (left) and his Romanian counterpart Romania Ion-Marcel Ciolacu meets in Bucharest on January 22.__Photo: VNA

PM Chinh and leaders of the two European countries reached consensus on many important measures for lifting Vietnam’s traditional friendship with the two to a new development stage, the Foreign Minister continued.

In addition, an array of cooperation documents in the fields of security, diplomacy, economy, culture, labor, agriculture, information technology, and locality-to-locality ties were signed with Hungary and Romania. A highlight of the trips was the cooperation in education - training with nearly 30 deals inked between Vietnamese universities and training institutions of the two countries.

Son noted that the Vietnamese PM and Hungarian and Romanian leaders also touched upon some regional and international issues of shared concern. They agreed on the importance of peacefully resolving disputes on the basis of international law.        

The Foreign Minister described the official visits as important milestones in the Vietnam - Hungary comprehensive partnership and the Vietnam - Romania traditional friendship. They consolidated political trust and foster all-round cooperation in a more result-oriented manner to serve Vietnam’s security and development interests and contribute to regional and global peace, stability, cooperation, and development.-(VNA/VLLF)

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