|Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc visited the Foreign Ministry in its new headquarters in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc visited the Foreign Ministry in its new headquarters in Hà Nội yesterday, wishing that each diplomatic official be a soldier on the external front.
In his speech, the PM noted that external work directly contributed to promoting exports of Vietnamese produce, tourism and labour export, and foreign investment attraction last year.
The Foreign Ministry played a major role in ensuring national defence-security, reducing poverty and achieving the United Nations millennial development goals, he said.
On the back of its achievements, he asked the sector to work to promote economic and trade activities.
It was also required to improve the efficiency of external work, maintain a peaceful environment for socio-economic development and raise national strength while pursuing an external policy of peace, independence, self-reliance and co-operation.
The ministry should propose ideas to boost exports as well as develop domestic trade, particularly in fields of strength such as tropical agriculture, information technology and tourism, he said.
The Government leader suggested that the ministry consider helping extend export markets, especially the US, China and Europe while prioritising investors adopting advanced and eco-friendly technologies.
He expressed his wish that the ministry would pay attention to overseas Vietnamese affairs and citizen protection.
Apart from popularising domestic images to international friends, the sector was also urged to update Vietnamese business community and people on opportunities in the host countries.
Last year, Việt Nam hosted APEC Year 2017, with the APEC Leaders’ Week held in the central city of Đà Nẵng in November.
The country further deepened ties with neighbouring, regional and developed countries, as well as traditional friends.
Việt Nam’s high-ranking leaders visited 19 countries, attended eight multilateral international conferences, held hundreds of bilateral exchanges with foreign leaders and welcomed 36 heads of state and Prime Ministers to the country. — VNS