HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai joined representatives from ASEAN countries at a discussion on the ASEAN free trade area and regional economic integration in the framework of the Boao Forum in Hainan, China, on Monday.
Hai shared Viet Nam's viewpoints on the integration process and ASEAN's resolve to complete the building of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.
He stressed the meaning and significance of narrowing the development gap within the bloc and the region, enhancing links through infrastructure and people-to-people exchange, as well as co-ordination in coping with climate change and environmental protection to ensure sustainable development.
At another session themed " Asia in a Changing World", the Deputy Prime Minister said the strong shift of Asian economies towards healthy and sustainable growth was in line with the global trend.
With rapid recovery after the global financial-economic crisis, Asia was emerging as a dynamic region and a driving force in global economic development, Hai said.
He underlined the need to combine policies at regional and global levels, develop human resources and invest in innovation to help the regional economy recover in a sustainable manner.
Hai introduced Viet Nam's economic restructuring policy that targeted green and sustainable growth.
Earlier, on Sunday, Hai met with Deputy General Secretary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Richard Boucher, during which they exchanged ideas to boost co-operation between OECD and Viet Nam
The annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia closed yesterday after three days of discussions on sustainable development and other major issues facing Asia.
More than 2,000 government, business and academic leaders as well as journalists from around the globe attended the meeting, which this year adopted the theme of "Asia in the Changing World: Moving toward Sound and Sustainable Development". — VNA/XINHUA