EXTERNAT RELATIONS Updated at 16:00:38 08/13/2018  (Views:  750 )
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Binh Thuan’s leader attended 19th National external affairs conference

BTO – The 19th National external affairs conference under the theme “Activeness and creativeness for effective integration and sustainable development”, was held on August 12 in Hanoi. The biennial event was organized ahead the 30th Diplomatic Conference slated for August 12 – 17, bringing together 500 delegates from ministries, state agencies and departments of external affairs of 63 cities and provinces nationwide alongside heads of Vietnam’s diplomatic missions overseas. Vice chairman of the provincial People’s committee Nguyen Duc Hoa has represented Binh Thuan province to attend the conference.

At the conference

Addressing the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh affirmed that the foreign ministry and Vietnamese diplomatic corps in foreign countries are willing to help localities introduce investment opportunities and promote trade abroad to expand the market. At the same time, the localities will be assisted in verifying partners and settling trade disputes against the backdrop of Viet Nam being a member of a number of new-generation free trade agreements.

At the conference, the ministry and Vietnamese representative missions abroad have signed 420 agreements between Việt Nam’s cities and provinces and foreign localities and enterprises between 2016 and 2018, an increase of 20.3 per cent from the previous three-year period (2014-2016 period). The agreements have intensified friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and foreign partners and helped promote the image and potential of the country and its localities, said Department of Foreign Affairs of Localities director Nguyen Hoang Long.

Thanks to such efforts, Vietnam’s foreign trade in 2016 – 2017 hit US$775 billion, up 23.8% from that of 2014 – 2016, Long said. The FDI flow into the country over the last two years also rose by 34.9% to US$60.28 billion, compared to US$44.67 billion of the 2014-2016 period.

The ministry and diplomatic corps also aim to help the cities and provinces promote their image and signature products and work together to protect the rights of Vietnamese citizens, particularly fishermen, overseas. 

Edited by M.T

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