Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc’s attendance at the annual summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, will highlight Việt Nam’s determination to promote comprehensive reform and international integration, said Dương Chí Dũng, Vietnamese Ambassador to Switzerland.
The Prime Minister left Hà Nội yesterday to attend the forum, where he will meet with international political and business leaders and showcase Viet Nam’s socio-economic development and future plans.
Phúc is accompanied by Minister of the Government Office Mai Tiến Dũng, Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường, Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn, and senior officials.
The prestigious gathering, the theme of which this year is “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”, will also provide Việt Nam with an opportunity to inform participants about Việt Nam’s hosting of the 2017 APEC Summit in November.
Dương Chí Dũng told the Viêt Nam News Agency that the WEF, which Vietnam joined in 1989, had presented the country with many development investment opportunities.
The forum had become an important arena for Vietnamese leaders to meet and work with leading international corporations. Bilateral contacts between Vietnamese leaders, world leaders and those from World Economic Groups offered good opportunities for Việt Nam’s economic development and helped it formulate policies to develop the nation.
Since 1989, the relationship between Việt Nam and the WEF had expanded to many other areas, including capacity building to improve the country’s competitive edge and co-operation in industry and agriculture.
In addition, Vietnamese enterprises joined many activities hosted by the WEF, while 11 Vietnamese corporations had become members of the WEF, enabling them to network with their foreign counterparts and share their experiences in business development.
In addition, young and talented leaders from the WEF helped Việt Nam create groups of talented young Vietnamese leaders in Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and Hồ Chí Minh City.
The WEF had expressed its wish to expand its multi-facetted cooperation with Việt Nam, given the country’s dynamic development and active role in the region and the world.
"Việt Nam is an active member of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) group and a member of the World Trade Organisation. It is also taking a lead in building new generation trade agreement," Dũng said.
Ambassador Dũng said the WEF Davos 2017 would be attended by almost 3,000 delegates from more than 70 countries and territories, of which nearly 50 are heads of states and 40 chief representatives of international organizations, including the WTO, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
The WEF also planned activities to mark the 50th founding of ASEAN and highlight ASEAN’s role in the common development of the world economy. PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc would attend this event and deliver a speech reaffirming Việt Nam’s role and contribution to ASEAN’s development. -VNS