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International Integration Requires Active Mindset

During the first meeting of the National Steering Committee for International Integration in Hanoi, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked for effective implementation of the  Politburo’s Resolution No.22 and the Government’s action plan on international integration.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung chairs the meeting of
the National Steering Committee for International Integration. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

The meeting in panoramic view. Photo: Duc Tam - VNA

In 2014, Vietnam’s international integration activities were implemented synchronously effectively and had many much success  in the key pillars of politics-security-defence, economics-science-education, and socio-culture. The highlight of Vietnam’s international integration in 2014 was  the acceleration and then conclusion of free trade agreements (FTAs). At present, Vietnam is striving to complete negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement,  the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership ( RCEP) Agreement and the agreement between Vietnam and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Regarding Vietnam’s multilateral diplomacy by 2020,  the Foreign Ministry proposed some major tasks, such as hosting large-scale multilateral events, actively contributing to maintaining peace and security in the region and the world; strengthening the ASEAN Community and its central role in the emerging regional architecture, utilising the signed FTAs; accelerating and concluding FTAs in the 2015-2020 period; increasing Vietnam’s contribution at multilateral economic mechanisms and forums; actively participating in and enhancing the role and efficiency of cooperation in culture, society, science-technology, education-training and other fields.

In terms of multilateral diplomacy, the government leader wants to actively contribute to and  participate in international treaties and multilateral forums, propose initiatives and focus on sustainable development.

Một số hình ảnh hoạt động ngoại giao cấp cao của Việt Nam:

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid an official visit to Russia in 2014.
In the photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin received and held talks with
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in 2014. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

State President Truong Tan Sang paid an official visit to the US in 2013.
In the photo: US President Barack Obama received and held talks with
State President Truong Tan Sang  in 2013. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang paid an official visit to Vietnam in 2013. 
In the photo: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received and held talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in 2013.
Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Speaker of RoK’s National Assembly Chung Ui-hwa paid an official visit to Vietnam in 2015. 
In the photo: National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung received and held talks with
Speaker of RoK’s National Assembly Chung Ui-hwa in 2015. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Concluding the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked  the Government Office to make a report on resuming international integration activities in 2014 and development orientations and tasks for 2015, specifying the tasks of each ministry  and agency and the Foreign Ministry to devise a draft directive of the Prime Minister on international integration in line with Resolution No. 22 set by the Politburo.

After two years implementing the Politburo’s Resolution No.22, Vietnam has obtained many important results in international integration, actively contributing to the country’s achievements and creating a favourable and stable environment for national development. International integration will help Vietnam receive much support from the international community for its cause of national construction and protecting territorial sovereignty and other legitimate interests.

Related to economics, international integration has contributed to expanding the export market with an annual export growth rate of 18%, providing jobs for labourers and mobilising all resources for investment and development. Integration in culture, education, science, techniques also have brought practical benefits for the country.

The Prime Minister  also pointed out that in the context when science and technology have rapidly developed and the world has become a single market, Vietnam needs to comprehensively integrate further into the world with a specific focus on economic integration and actively join the international community in shaping the common playing rules for the best interests of the nation in both the short- and long-term. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung observes the signing ceremony of the joint statement on conclusion of negotiations
on the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Photo: Duc Tam/VNA


A Vietnam-US Defence Policy Dialogue held in Hanoi (2014). Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attended the 69th session of the UN General Assembly
at UN Headquarters in New York in 2014. Photo: Le Duong – VNA 

A Vietnamese delegation attends the 28th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council. Photo: To Uyen/VNA

Minister of Defence Nguyen Chi Vinh attended the 9th Vietnam - India Defence Dialogue in New Delhi in 2015.
Photo: Dang Chinh – VNA 

Thanks to open policies, more and more overseas Vietnamese are coming back to live and invest in Vietnam.
In the photo: Overseas Vietnamese attend the “Homeland Spring 2015” programme in Ho Chi Minh City.
Photo: Thanh Vu – VNA 

He also offered guidance on the correct approaches to achieving global integration in politics, diplomacy, national defence and security in order to raise mutual understanding between Vietnam and partner countries and foster an environment of peace, stability and development.

Apart from becoming globally assimilated in terms of culture, science, technology, and education-training, the country is to strengthen the national sense of unity, rally resources for socio-economic development, and protect and assist Vietnamese citizens abroad.

Concerning Vietnam’s multilateral diplomacy, the government leader urged full compliance with international practices in line with the UN Charter and more active participation in international conventions and multilateral forums, particularly the United Nations and ASEAN.