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Deputy PM holds bilateral talks in Davos, VN backs global food security

Update: January, 24/2015 - 09:15
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (right) attends the "Global Food Security Agenda" session at the 45th World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo To Uyen.

DAVOS  (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held bilateral meetings on Thursday, on the cusp of the 45th annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

At a meeting with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, both countries said their relationship is growing, and that efforts would be made to boost bilateral co-operation, especially in climate change adaptation and sustainable agriculture.

Queen Maxima, the UN Secretary-General's special advocate for inclusive finance for development, invited Viet Nam to join a group of inclusive finance friends, most of whom were ambassadors to the UN.

She said Viet Nam was selected as one of the 25 countries that would participate in the inclusive finance programme, and expressed her hope to visit Viet Nam in 2016.

Deputy PM Minh and US Trade Representative Michael Froman said they highly valued the robust development of the partnership between Viet Nam and the US.

They decided to collaborate closely to plan celebrations for the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties, aiming to bring bilateral relations to a new height.

Minh said the US should continue allowing Viet Nam some flexibility when it came to the early conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Viet Nam is working hard to ensure the agreement is balanced and of high quality, he said.

Froman said the fresh round of TPP negotiations had progressed positively, and that he hoped involved parties could find solutions so the negations could wrap up as quickly as possible.

Minh also held a meeting with his Thai counterpart, Devacula Pridyathorn, in the presence of a number of Vietnamese and Thai businesses. The two sides agreed to press ahead with their strategic partnership, particularly in reference to regional and sub-regional economic cooperation and connectivity. Minh said Viet Nam was willing to help facilitate Thai firms' investments and help Thailand launch projects that benefit both countries.

Sustainable agriculture

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat attended the "Global Food Security Agenda" session at the ongoing World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday.

In his speech delivered at the event, the minister talked about the creative and sustainable development of Viet Nam's agricultural sector.

He then joined more than 1,000 officials from around the globe to discuss measures to develop agriculture sustainably, including investing in smart value chains, improving resilience to climate change and expanding cultivation.

Talking to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Davos, Minister Phat said that Viet Nam's attendance at the session aimed to contribute to global efforts to ensure food security while promoting the country's agricultural achievements and calling for foreign investments in the sector.

The event also offered a good chance for Viet Nam to share its experience in implementing public private partnership (PPP) models in the sector, particularly the "Grow Asia" initiative, of which Viet Nam was a stakeholder, he added. — VNS

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