Int’l organisations, experts call Việt Nam a development success story

September, 02/2022 - 17:41
In the latest report in April 2022, the World Bank called Việt Nam a development success story which transformed into a lower middle- income country in one generation from its humble beginning as one of the poorest nations globally.
Local residents of a ethnic minority village in Mường Tè, a northern mountainous district of Sơn La Province, registering for COVID-19 vaccinations. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhật Anh

HÀ NỘI — International organisations and foreign experts have hailed Việt Nam as a success story regarding economic development, social welfare, and human rights guarantee.

Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs of Canada Paul Thoppil expressed his admiration at Việt Nam’s socio-economic achievements over the past 77 years.

In the latest report in April 2022, the World Bank called Việt Nam a development success story which transformed into a lower middle- income country in one generation from its humble beginning as one of the poorest nations globally.

Between 2002 and 2021, per capita GDP increased 3.6 times, reaching almost US$3,700. Poverty rates ($1.9 per day) declined sharply from over 32 per cent in 2011 to below 2 per cent.

Thanks to its solid foundations, the economy has proven resilient through different crises, the latest being the COVID-19 pandemic. Việt Nam fulfilled several economic targets in 2021, becoming one of the top 20 economies globally in terms of international trade.

Valeria Vershinina, an expert on Việt Nam at the ASEAN Centre under the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, affirmed that Việt Nam is seen as a “middle-level power” by international scholars.

Meanwhile, Canadian Ambassador to Việt Nam Shawn Perry Steil regarded Việt Nam as a bright example for countries worldwide to learn from experience in pandemic response while maintaining socio-economic development.

Analysts forecast that Việt Nam’s economic growth this year will be high, given a record growth of 7.72 per cent in 11 years in the second quarter which surpassed the previous prediction of 5.9 per cent.

Harvard University’s research result showed that Việt Nam is forecast to be among the fastest growing economies in the world by 2030.

Sharing the same view, UK Secretary of State for International Trade Anne Marie Trevelyan said Việt Nam will be among the world’s biggest 30 economies in the end of this decade.

Việt Nam has also been recognised as one of the top 10 countries to fulfill goals of gender equality promotion and empowerment for women and girls under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

With Việt Nam becoming a world standard for fighting the pandemic, Acting UN Resident Coordinator and UNICEF Chief Representative in Việt Nam Rana Flowers said such has proved the country's efforts to promote and protect human rights.

Expressing impression on Việt Nam’s determination to accomplish the dual goal of becoming a high-income country by 2045 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Kanni Wignaraja said Việt Nam will show the world its own way to ensure progress for all people. — VNS

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