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Ambassador's Interview with VNA: Vietnam’s development contributes to global prosperity

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1. What is your assessment about the result of the 13th National Party Congress that has just concluded? What are impacts of the 13th Congress on the socio-economic development of Vietnam in the next few years?

The recently concluded 13th National Party Congress comes against the backdrop of a challenging year that saw an unprecedented pandemic ravaging the whole world. The fact that Vietnam has been able to largely contain the pandemic and keep the economy on track speaks to its successful handling of the challenge.  The Congress has identified the opportunities and challenges that Vietnam faces and set the goal for socio-economic advancement over the next five to ten years. The vision for the country to become a high-income developed country by 2045 sets a clear pathway for the policymakers, enterprises and the wider society to work with a long-term strategy. As a close friend and partner, we wish Vietnam all success and stand ready to strengthen our multifaceted partnership to mutual benefit.  Vietnam’s development in the years to come will positively contribute to regional and global prosperity.

2. In the past few years, Vietnam has displayed an increasing position and prestige in the region and the world. What is your opinion about this?

Vietnam has achieved remarkable feats in emerging as a modern, independent nation, both domestically and in the international arena. Right from the beginning, Vietnam’s leaders were far-sighted in understanding that economic progress and peace would require closer integration with the international community. To achieve these goals, they adopted long term strategic goals and created institutions to realize them.  Today, Vietnam’s successful economic integration and global engagement with the world shows the country’s strengths and achievements.

The large number of votes with which Vietnam was elected as the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2019 showed the recognition of Vietnam’s increasingly important role as an active and responsible member of the international community. Today, Vietnam is making precious contributions in diverse areas such as UN peacekeeping, sustainable development goals, promotion of multilateralism etc., thus contributing to global and regional peace, stability and development. As a close friend, we were happy to see Vietnam successfully leading the ASEAN last year despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Under a new government, how do you expect Vietnam-India relationship to be in the future and what will further promote bilateral relation between two countries?

Vietnam is one of India’s most trusted friends and closest partners. As Comprehensive Strategic Partners, there is a wide range of areas in which we are collaborating – ranging from political engagement to trade and investment ties, energy cooperation, development partnership, defence and security cooperation, cultural and people-to-people exchanges. During the Virtual Summit between our Prime Ministers in December 2020, they adopted a historic “Joint Vision for Peace, Prosperity and People” that will guide the future development of our ties.

Our defence partnership, and economic and development cooperation are the key pillars of our future engagement. Water resource management, healthcare, education and heritage conservation are some of the emerging areas of our development partnership that will grow. Domains like energy, space and digital technologies will acquire greater salience in our engagement, as both countries move decisively to embrace Industry 4.0. Direct connectivity that will bring both our peoples and businesses closer is another key priority of our future ties. I am confident that under the new government in Vietnam, the momentum of our engagements in all these areas will further intensify guided by the Joint Vision of our leaders.