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Deputy PM welcomes CITES leader

Update: May, 29/2014 - 09:01
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai meets with CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has called for more technical assistance to help Viet Nam meet its obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The Deputy PM made the request during a reception for CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon in Ha Noi yesterday.

Hai welcomed the guest's visit to Viet Nam, explaining that both CITES and the Vietnamese Government had a responsibly to implement a number of relevant documents like the Convention on Biological Diversity and the London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

The Vietnamese Government had undertaken significant efforts to crack down on transnational organised crime rings engaging in the illegal trade, transportation, import and export of wild, endangered, precious and rare fauna and flora, Hai said.

John Scanlon congratulated Viet Nam on the 20-year anniversary of its accession to the CITES, expressing his hope for further information sharing and capacity building with Viet Nam.

He also spoke highly of Viet Nam's efforts in detecting and punishing acts relating to the illegal wildlife trade and its adoption of multiple legal documents and programmes aimed at preserving biological diversity. — VNS

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