Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh highlighted the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Hungary during talks with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, in Hanoi on October 16.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó (Photo: VNA)
Minh expressed his belief that the minister’s visit to Vietnam on October 15 and 16 will create new momentum for bilateral ties.
The upgrading of the comprehensive partnership during the visit to Hungary by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in September 2018 has provided a firm foundation for advancing relations, he continued.
For his part, the guest said that Hungary wishes to enhance the comprehensive partnership and spoke highly of Vietnam’s increasingly important role and position in the region.
The two officials expressed pleasure at the active development of bilateral cooperation and agreed on specific orientations and measures to boost relations in the time ahead.
They spoke highly of coordination and mutual support in elections and candidacies at major UN agencies and organisations.
The two shared the view that bilateral economic-trade ties have remained stable but are yet to match potential and wishes.
They therefore agreed to encourage and facilitate business links, especially in areas where Hungary possesses strength and Vietnam has demand, such as water resources exploitation, environmental protection, pharmaceuticals, food processing, renewable energy, manufacturing and processing, defence industry, and infrastructure.
Minh thanked Hungary for supporting the ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and for being the first EU member country to approve the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
These deals have brought about pratical benefits to trade and investment links between the two countries and contributed to connecting the EU and Hungary with ASEAN and Asia-Pacific.
Minh also expressed his appreciation of Hungary’s view of Vietnam as a priority partner in its ODA policy, adding that a number of ODA projects have generated socio-economic outcomes and contributed practically to the country’s sustainable development.
The two sides consented to closely coordinate with each other to push ahead with the disbursement of approved projects using Hungarian preferential loans within the framework of the financial cooperation agreement worth 440 million EUR signed by the two countries in 2017.
They compared notes on orientations to boost partnerships in other spheres, such as national defence and security, education and training, health care, agriculture, culture and tourism, natural resources and environment, and employment, as well as cooperation between the two foreign ministries, covering personnel training.
The officials also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern, including the East Sea issue./.
Vietnam, Hungary sign MoU on financial cooperation
|At the signing ceremony (Photo: VNA)|
The Ministries of Finance of Vietnam and Hungary signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on financial cooperation in Hanoi on October 16.
Vietnamese Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung said the signing of the MoU builds upon the positive achievements from an MoU signed in 2017 between the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance and the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy (now the Ministry of Finance), contributing to strengthening the bilateral friendship and traditional cooperation and expanding international cooperation in finance.
The MoU will help strengthen bilateral dialogue and coordination in fields of shared concern, especially financial analysis and forecasting and the macro-economy.
It will also help build policies, manage budget collection-expenditure and public debts, and develop Government bond markets and other economic-finance issues.
The signing is also of significance at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2020./. VNA
Vietnam joins US-led Call to Action on Women’s Economic Empowerment
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), has represented Vietnam to sign the new US-led Call to Action on Women’s Economic Empowerment, together with other 31 UN member states.
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), represents Vietnam to sign the new US-led Call to Action on Women’s Economic Empowerment. (Photo: Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN)
The Call to Action on Women’s Economic Empowerment urges the promotion and protection of basic human rights. It reaffirms the pivotal role of women in promoting prosperity and stabilisation of the global economy, especially as the world seeks to recover from the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
It seeks to address legal barriers to women’s full and participation in the economy and increase investments to narrow the gender gap while recognising that the sharing of family responsibilities creates an enabling family environment for women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. It also looks to enhance women’s full access to and equal opportunities in the labour market and take effective action against discrimination and abuse in the workplace.
“Economic power is very important to achieve gender equality and to promote women’s participation in social, economic and political processes in every country,” Quy told the virtual signing event on October 23.
“Vietnam attaches great importance to women’s economic empowerment, and this means gender mainstreaming in policy-making and policy-implementing processes,” he said.
“Up to now in Vietnam, women occupy 48.8 percent of the workforce, 25 percent of the business leaders, and 25 percent of the parliamentary members,” the ambassador said, adding that the vice president of Vietnam, the chair and the first vice chair of the Vietnamese National Assembly are female.
Vietnam hopes that this call will produce a new impetus to promote women’s empowerment in economic activities, he added./.VNA
NA deputies discuss draft resolution on joining UN peacekeeping operations
Deputies at the 14th National Assembly on October 24 gave opinions on a draft resolution on Vietnam’s engagement in UN peacekeeping operations, as part of the ongoing NA’s 10th session.
Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich addresses the session (Photo: VNA)
According to Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich, since 2014, Vietnam has sent 172 officers and staff from the Ministry of Defence to UN peacekeeping missions in Central Africa Republic and South Sudan as well as the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the UN headquarters.
Currently, the Government is directing the ministry to prepare to sent about 320 sappers under the Vietnam People’s Army to UN peacekeeping operations.
All officers sent to the missions have completed their tasks, he said.
In terms of finance, Vietnam has received over 4.8 million USD from the UN and more than 20 million USD from international community for the work, which has helped reduce the State budget spending for the activities, he noted.
Meanwhile, as part of the efforts to implement a project to send police officers to UN peacekeeping missions in the 2014-2020 period, the Government is directing the Public Security Ministry to train officers and work with the UN agencies on the work.
First Vietnamese police officers are scheduled to be sent to UN peacekeeping missions from 2021, said the minister.
Minister Lich noted that the engagement in UN peacekeeping operations is a new task which has not been institutionalised, leading to obstacles during the implementation of the work.
He underlined the significance to build and issue a NA resolution on UN peacekeeping operation engagement to review, supplement and issue new legal documents in the field to match international conventions and agreements to which Vietnam is a signatory.
The draft resolution comprises six chapters and 17 articles.
At the session, deputies listened to a report verifying the draft resolution delivered by NA Committee for Defence-Security Vo Trong Viet, which shows that the committee basically agrees with the need to issue the resolution to institutionalise the resolutions of the Party and rules of the Constitution and demands of the reality in the field.
The committee also agreed on the consideration of the approval of the resolution at the 10th session of the NA.
The majority of the deputies also concurred to propose the NA to pass the draft resolution during the 10th session.
Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich also answered questions raised by deputies on the draft resolution at the session./.VNA
Vietnam is an important factor in Japan’s foreign policy
The current Vietnam-Japan relationship is a broad strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia. Vietnam will be an important factor in Japan’s foreign policy.
Japanese Prime Minister has just finished a visit to Vietnam on October 18-20 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. This was the first overseas trip of Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide since taking office on September 16.
At the age of 71, he is a veteran politician who served as Chief Cabinet Secretary of the government led by former Prime Minister Abe for seven years and eight months.
Mr. Suga was born and grew up in Akita prefecture into a strawberry farmer family, unrelated to politics. He first ran for office when he was nearly 40 years old and was elected in the Yokohama Municipal Assembly. Less than a decade later, he ran a vigorous public speaking campaign and won a seat in the House of Representatives.
Renowned for being loyal, he never forgot his roots. As a minister, he promoted policies that would help local communities affected by Japan’s rapidly shrinking population.
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide arrived at Noi Bai airport, starting his official visit to Vietnam on October 18-20. Photo: Pham Hai
During his political career, Mr. Suga has been determined to achieve set goals. Five years after Mr. Abe stepped down as Prime Minister during his first term, Mr. Suga was at the forefront of an effort to bring his like-minded friend back to power. Now, he has stepped onto the stage to be known to the world.
Prime Minister Suga had a good start when the NHK’s poll showed that his new cabinet had a 62% support rate. The initial support rate for Mr. Suga’s cabinet was lower than the rate of 81% for the cabinet of Mr. Koizumi Junichiro and 72% for Mr. Hatoyama Yukio and it is similar to that of his predecessor, Abe Shinzo, when he first took office.
Mr. Suga’s new cabinet consists of 20 members, of which 15 are officials from the time of Mr. Abe Shinzo or earlier, so it can be considered an extended step from the Abe administration. Prime Minister Suga has retained Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and appointed a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of former Prime Minister Abe as Minister of Defense.
This is a sign that Mr. Suga will continue the foreign policy of his predecessor. It is understandable because Mr. Suga used to be a powerful arm of Mr. Abe.
Regarding whether Mr. Suga should continue with Mr. Abe’s policies, NHK’s public opinion survey showed that 17% said it should continue, 36% said it would be better if they continue, 20% said it should not be continued and 18% confirmed it should not continue.
An important point in the foreign policy of Prime Minister Suga is to move towards a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and the pillar remains the Japan-US alliance relationship. The Japan-US alliance serves as the foundation of peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. Prime Minister Suga made a phone call with US President Donald Trump and the two sides agreed that Japan-America is the cornerstone of efforts to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific.
In particular, the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is extremely important as it lies on Japan’s essential sea routes, located in an important strategic point connecting the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. In Japan’s position, it is important to further promote the integration of ASEAN, a hub for regional cooperation, as a partner sharing fundamental values such as the rule of law and democracy, in order to realize the stability and prosperity of the entire region.
With such a viewpoint, Japan continues to fully support ASEAN’s efforts to deepen integration. In recent years, Japan has been supporting ASEAN’s efforts, strengthening connectivity and reducing intra-regional gaps for deeper integration through ODA and Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.
General roadmap of action
In January this year, Foreign Minister Motegi delivered a speech on the ASEAN Policy in Jakarta proposing three joint roadmaps of action between Japan and ASEAN: ” nurturing people together”, “Building institutions together” and “Amassing our wisdom”.
The special ASEAN+3 Summit on Covid-19 response was held via teleconference in April. Prime Minister Abe at that time stated to support ASEAN countries based on three pillars, including the establishing the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases.
ASEAN adopted the “ASEAN’s Outlook on Indo-Pacific” (AOIP) in June 2019. Japan welcomed the adoption and endorsement of AOIP, in accordance with the fundamental principles in Japan’s vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP).
Among Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam has an important geostrategic position, as it is adjacent to the East Sea, the gateway to the east-west economic corridor and the southern economic corridor. Vietnam is a rapidly growing country with stable socio-political growth and an increasing role in the ASEAN region.
As the Chair of ASEAN 2020, Vietnam has played a good role in leading member countries to strengthen cooperation in many fields, for the common goals of ASEAN. The value and position of Vietnam in the region and in the international arena are being improved. Vietnam can take advantage of and promote its advantages in political-security and economic cooperation.
The current Vietnam-Japan relationship is the broad strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia, and Vietnam will be an important factor in Japan’s foreign policy.
Dr. Phan Cao Nhat Anh (Northeast Asian Research Institute, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences)
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