HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam always attaches importance to developing its relations with French-speaking countries, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said.
The Vice President was receiving Minister Delegate for French-speaking Communities Yamina Benguigui in Ha Noi yesterday,
She stated that Viet Nam's participation in the Francophone community is to realise its foreign policy of multilateralisation and diversification of relations and active international integration.
The Francophone community serves as a channel for Viet Nam to boost all-around ties with its member countries, especially France and French-speaking African nations, she added.
Doan expressed her belief that France will continue promoting its role in Francophone activities and contribute more to the development of the region.
For her part, Yamina Benguigui said that Viet Nam, as an active member of the OIF, has actively implemented its duties and commitments to the community, including the promotion of French language teaching.
Viet Nam has been carrying out a number of programmes and projects to boost the teaching and speaking of the French language in Southeast Asia and train Vietnamese diplomats and civil servants in the language.
She added that her organisation is implementing a French teaching programme in many countries, including Viet Nam.
The fight against HIV/AIDS and the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment remain Viet Nam's challenges on the path towards realising its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, said National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong.
Phong was addressing a seminar in Ha Noi yesterday held by the Committee for External Relations and the Committee for Social Affairs of the National Assembly, and the Vietnamese Subcommittee to the International Assembly of French-speaking Parliamentarians (APF).
Under the theme "NA deputies' role in fulfilling MDGs on combating HIV/AIDS and promoting gender equality," the seminar was attended by NA deputies and officials of NA Offices from Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia, and representatives from several subcommittees of the APF, relevant ministries, branches and international organisations.
The seminar created a forum for the NA deputies to share experiences and information in the accomplishment of MDGs in general as well as the fight against HIV/AIDS and the enhancement of gender equality in the parliament's activities in particular.
Phong said the event helps delegates seek measures for issues that are challenging the international community and each country during the development process.
French Minister for the la Francophonie in the French Government Yanima Benguigui affirmed that the French-speaking community has always given priority to MDGs.
The community will stand by its member countries to help them add the gender equality content to their development policies, she said.
By 2012, Viet Nam had reached many of the MDGs committed to the international community.
In ten years the country has halved the number of poor people and continues to make encouraging progress towards the first goal to eradicate hunger and poverty. The poverty rate dropped from 58.1 per cent in 1993 to 10.7 per cent in 2010.
In 2000, the country achieved universal high-standard primary education and by 2012, net enrollment rates for primary education reached 97.7 percent.
Remarkable progress has also been seen in promoting gender equality and empowering women, as well as improving child and maternal health.
The country has obtained significant achievements in establishing global partnerships for development, helping mobilise the flow of foreign investment and official development assistance (ODA), while taking advantage of opportunities offered by trade liberalisation to spur economic growth and poverty reduction.
However, a substantial proportion of the population is in danger of falling back into poverty, as Viet Nam is one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. — VNS