Former Israeli PM in Vietnam for Development Talks

Former PM Ehud Barak of Israel is making a trip to Vietnam for talks on Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment, said the Boston Global Forum.

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Former PM Ehud Barak and his wife visit Bach Dang Wharf in Ho Chi Minh City. (Source: VOV)
Former PM Ehud Barak and his wife visit Bach Dang Wharf in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: VOV

During his trip from August 2 – 19, Former PM Ehud Barak will travel to a number of localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hue, Hanoi and Ha Long, according to the Boston Global Forum that sponsors his trip.

He is expected to meet Vietnamese leaders and attend a High-level Dialogue in Hanoi, which is expected to help tighten the relationship between Vietnam and Boston, Massachusetts, and become a flagship of the Age of Global Enlightenment, said The World & Vietnam Report.

The dialogue will be held on August 16 by the Boston Global Forum.

On August 5, the former Israeli PM visited major historical landmarks and tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, including Tran Hung Dao Statue, Bach Dang wharf, Nguyen Hue walking street, Ben Thanh market, among others.

Former Israeli PM in Vietnam for Development Talks
Former PM Ehud Barak and his wife visit Vinh Nghiem Pagaoda in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Saigon Giai phong

Earlier, he met with Vietnamese businessmen, called at an exhibition of paintings by hundreds of disadvantaged children at Vinh Nghiem pagoda, and chatted with Vietnamese students to instill learning passions in them.

Ehud Barak was Israel’s 10th Prime Minister, serving in office from 1999 to 2001. He worked as Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel before taking the helm of the Israeli government.

Remaking the World – The Age of Global Enlightenment is a joint initiative by the Boston Global Forum and the United Nations Academic Impact as part of the United Nations Centennial Initiative.

The book proposes pathways toward a more humane, peaceful, and secure world, largely by harnessing the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, and other Digital Age technologies.

A key proposal is the adoption of an AI International Accord that would bind nations to constructive uses of AI and prohibit destructive uses. In addition, Remaking the World – The Age of Global Enlightenment advances the Social Contract for the AI Age as the theoretical and ethical foundation of the Accord. The book also proposes the AI World Society (AIWS) as a vehicle through which individuals and civic organizations can help foster an Age of Global Enlightenment.

Vietnam, Israel make progress in FTA negotiations

Former Israeli PM in Vietnam for Development Talks
At the eleventh round of negotiations on the free trade agreement. Photo: VNA

Vietnam and Israel have made progress during the recently eleventh round of negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries, VietnamPlus reported.

Opening the market, customs and trade facilitation, government procurement, services and investments and other legal and institutional issues were tabled at the eleventh round that took place in Israel on June 1-5.

The two sides agreed on many important contents, especially those related to opening markets to each other.

They pledged to accelerate discussions in the coming time to soon conclude the negotiating process.

The FTA is expected to further boost trade and investment between the two countries as well as bring substantial benefits to enterprises, and citizens of both nations.

Vietnam and Israel officially launched FTA negotiations on December 2, 2015./.

Rosy Huong