Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai active at WEF Davos 2022 | Policy

Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai (second from left) discusses the “A Digital ASEAN for All” sessions. (Photo: VNA)

Geneva (VNA) – On May 23-24, Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai joined various activities within the framework of the annual meeting of the 52nd World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

At the “Digital ASEAN for All” and Leaders’ Dialogue Sessions on Building Self-Reliant Economies for Sustainable Development under the chairmanship of WEF Chairman Borge Brende, Khai shared views and development directions of Vietnam, including sustainable development based on science. -technology, innovation and digital transformation.

Vietnam welcomes and stands ready to create optimal conditions for foreign organizations and enterprises to join forces with the Vietnamese government and enterprises to promote digital economic development through human resource training, technology transfer, research and development. and innovation.

He pointed out that digital transformation in combination with sustainable development must be carried out in a concerted manner at three levels.

International cooperation must be strengthened at the global level to help developing countries bridge the digital divide and ensure that no one is left behind. Global and multilateral mechanisms and frameworks are needed to manage emerging issues related to the digital economy.

A digital ecosystem must be built at the national level, including digital institutions, infrastructure, management and staff. Public-private partnership should be strengthened to maximize stakeholder engagement.

Businesses need to take advantage of technology and digital data to improve their productivity and competitiveness, use energy efficiently and develop green products, thereby creating momentum for sustainable development.

Deputy Prime Minister Khai had a meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, during which both sides said they cherish the traditional Vietnam-Lithuania friendship. As the two countries mark the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year, Khai suggested that the two sides make best use of bilateral cooperation mechanisms and coordinate to hold trade promotion events to boost their economic ties.

He thanked Lithuania for its active support for the signing of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and for being one of the first countries to ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). ). He also appreciated the mutual support of the two countries for each other’s candidacy for UN agencies and organizations.

For his part, President Nauseda asked Vietnam to facilitate the access of Lithuanian companies to the Vietnamese market, and through it to the Southeast Asian region.

Deputy Prime Minister Khai took the opportunity to convey an invitation to visit Vietnam from President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the Lithuanian President.

In a meeting with Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, head of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Economics, Education and Research (DEFR), Deputy Prime Minister Khai suggested that the two countries step up measures to restore their economic ties, especially in areas where Switzerland is strong and Vietnam has demand, such as finance-banking, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, agricultural processing and tourism.

Khai thanked Switzerland for providing ODA to Vietnam and called on the Swiss government to continue to create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the country to settle and integrate into the host society, thus playing a bridge role in relations between the two countries.

Parmelin said he hoped the two countries would continue to push forward negotiations on an EFTA-Vietnam free trade agreement. He said that Switzerland will soon hold talks with Vietnam for the early conclusion of the FTA, thus promoting the sustainable development of bilateral trade relations.

During another meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Khai and Peruvian Foreign Minister César Rogrigo Landa expressed their joy at the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly in the areas of economy-trade-investment. They noted that Vietnam’s Bitel project in Peru and Peru’s beverage and tourism investment projects in Vietnam are working effectively.

The two sides agreed to promote the exchange of delegations at all levels and work to perfect the legal framework to facilitate the stable and sustainable development of bilateral relations.

During the reception of the Secretary General of the OECD, Mathias Cormann, the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister proposed that the OECD continue to help Vietnam to implement its program of socio-economic recovery, in particular in the fields where the OECD has strengths such as economic restructuring, renewal of the growth model, innovation, stock market management. , Governance of public enterprises and the fight against corruption.

Cormann said Vietnam is among the few countries experiencing a good recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and said the country is one of the OECD’s most important partners in Southeast Asia. He pledged that the organization will work closely with Vietnam to help the country achieve its development goals.

Khai invited the OECD Secretary-General to visit Vietnam and attend a regional economic forum that Vietnam will host under the Southeast Asia Program in September this year.
In another meeting with Minister-President of Flanders Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister Khai noted the developing trend of Vietnam-Belgium relations and that Flanders is an important development partner of the Mekong River Commission.

The Vietnamese government official expressed his hope that the two parties will continue to join hands for the prompt approval of EVIPA by the Belgian agencies. He urged Belgium and the EU to promote investment in the Mekong region and the Mekong Delta in areas such as smart agriculture, climate change adaptive irrigation, green infrastructure and human resource training. .

The Minister-President of Flanders pledged to work for the early ratification of EVIPA and to promote the region’s cooperation with Vietnam in areas of strength in the region, e.g. agriculture, maritime trade, education, science and technology, water resources management and climate change. adaptation./.

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