Forum talks enhancement of Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership

Experts at the Vietnam Forum in New Delhi on December 21. (Photo: VNA)Vietnamese Ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Hai (front, third from right) and other participants in the forum pose for a photo. (Photo: VNA)– The second Vietnam Forum took place in New Delhi on December 21 under the theme “Enhancing Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership towards 2030”.In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Hai said the two countries share a common target of creating a peaceful and stable environment for national development. They also attach importance to the multilateralisation and diversification of foreign relations, and supports regional and world orders based on international law.He held that the countries hold much potential for reinforcing coordination at regional and international forums like what they have done at the United Nations General Assembly and other organisations.Sanjeev Jain, Director for South at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs , highly valued achievements in bilateral relations over the last 50 years, noting that the two countries will continue promoting these relations and obtain more successes in the coming time.Other participants shared the view that Vietnam and India boast considerable convergence of strategic interests as they share many values, have common viewpoints on regional and international issues, carry out strategic foreign policies of self-reliance, consider each other as highly prioritised partners in their foreign policies, and serve as active members in multilateral mechanisms.There remains huge room for the two countries to develop bilateral cooperation on par with the comprehensive strategic partnership, experts said, adding that to make relations more intensive and substantive, aside from bringing into play achievements obtained in the recent past, the Vietnamese and Indian Governments should step up connections in multiple areas.In terms of politics-diplomacy, both sides should foster delegation exchanges at all levels and cooperation programmes between ministries, sectors, and localities; strengthen bilateral cooperation mechanisms; and maintain effective coordination at multilateral forums.Vietnam and India also need to expand and consolidate security and defence ties, including in defence manufacturing and navigation.Regarding economy and trade, they should make use of every resource to boost partnerships for common development, intensify and expand bilateral and multilateral investment cooperation agreements, and increase connectivity in maritime and air transport to facilitate economic and trade links.In addition, the two sides should step up popularising each other’s culture and tourism, preserve the values of their cultural connectivity, and simplify travel procedures, according to experts.At the forum, participants also expressed their wish to witness the elevation of the Vietnam - India ties to a new level in the time ahead./.

December 22, 2022 16:29 UTC


Report spotlights Vietnam’s efforts in realising SDGs

An urban area in Da Nang. - Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)Participants at the workshop (Photo: VNA)The provincial sustainable development index ( PSDI 2021) report, which was announced at a workshop on December 21 in Hanoi, reflects clearly efforts of Vietnamese localities in implementing sustainable development goals in the context of difficulties and geopolitical conflicts in the world.The workshop was organised by the Academy of Policy and Development (APD) of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).Under the index, the northern provinces of Hung Yen and Ha Nam, and the southern province of Binh Duong were among 13 localities that performed well sustainable development goals (SDGs) with big leaps from 2020.Da Nang continued to be the leading locality in the country with 65.28 points, followed by Hai Phong (64.09 points), Quang Ninh (63.10 points), Hanoi (62.46 points) and Hung Yen (62.43 points).The average point for all localities across the country in 2021 reached 51.38, showing that localities need to be more active in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the country’s Sustainable Development Strategy.During the workshop, experts and researchers discussed international commitments on sustainable development, sustainable development goals and those that have been developed to meet Vietnam 's conditions. They also gave assessments the implementation of these goals at the national and local levels.The 17 global SDGs have been nationalised by Vietnam in the national action plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for SDGs (SDG NAP) with 115 specific goals to match conditions and development priorities of the country.Basically, general guiding policies to concretise the implementation of SDGs have been issued synchronously and fully, significantly contributing to implementing SDGs in Vietnam.However, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Trong Nguyen, Director of APD, said the assessment of sustainable development level in Vietnam has only focused on the country as a whole, not at the provincial and municipal levels, and the integration of SDGs into national and local socio-economic development planning schemes and plans still faces many difficulties.According to Dr. Le Viet Anh, Director of the Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment of the MPI, the multidimensional poverty rate in Vietnam dropped sharply to 3.36% in 2022 from 9.2% in 2016.Vietnam has worked hard to ensure food security with no one going hungry, maintain export growth of agro-forestry-fishery products, contributing to increasing income for agricultural labourers, promoting agriculture in a more sustainable way, he said./.

December 22, 2022 04:14 UTC


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