North-west region’s conference on international integration opens in Dien Bien

Thursday, 2019-08-22 17:46:03
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Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son speaking at the conference (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - A conference on international integration and sustainable development in the digital era in the north-west region opened in Dien Bien Phu city on August 22 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Dien Bien provincial People’s Committee.

The conference was held as part of MOFA’s working programme to support localities in their international integration and implement the Government’s action plan to fully utilise the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

It attracted the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, economists and businesses from five provinces in the region, including Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Hoa Binh, Son La and Yen Bai.

In his opening speech, MOFA Permanent Deputy Minister Bui Thanh Son updated participants on the current regional and global situation, trends in international economic development and integration as well as Vietnam’s achievements in international economic integration in 2019.

With 16 free trade agreements (FTAs) in which Vietnam has joined, the country now has huge opportunities to expand and diversify its export markets, and attract high-quality investments to facilitate socio-economic development, he said, noting that the FTAs have also brought about certain challenges, particularly for businesses and localities.

He also emphasised that the MOFA would continue working side by side with and support localities in their international economic integration and helping with the building of strategies on socio-economic development.

Chairman of Dien Bien provincial People’s Committee, Mua A Son expressed his hope that the MOFA and functional ministries and sectors will help the province connect with and establish cooperation with international organisations, scientists and businesses.