Vietnam’s Deputy FM Attends 2023 World Government Summit, Visits UAE

The UAE is one of Vietnam’s 10 largest export partners in the world and is the largest export partner of Vietnam in the Middle East and Africa.

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At a working session of the World Government Summit. Photo: VNA
At a working session of the World Government Summit. Photo: VNA

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu attended the World Government Summit (WGS) 2023 and visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he co-chaired the second deputy ministerial level political consultation, from February 13-15, VNA reported Thursday.

With theme of “Shaping Future Governments”, the summit brought together leaders, global experts and decision makers from around the globe to share and contribute to the development of tools, policies, and models that are essential in shaping future governments.

Speaking at a session of the WGS on promoting breakthrough initiatives in climate change response and education, Hieu affirmed Vietnam’s efforts to achieve the net zero emission target by 2050, saying the country prioritises pushing economic transformation based on science and technology and innovations.

The official stressed that Vietnam has issued a national digital transformation strategy, and called on partners and international investment funds to pour capital into the areas of the country’s priority like green economy and digital economy.

Vietnam's Deputy FM Attends 2023 World Government Summit, Visits UAE
Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu spoke at the session on the topic “Promoting breakthrough ideas to respond to climate change and education”. Photo: TG&VN

On the sidelines of the summit, Hieu met Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Raşit Meredow, and Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid.

Hieu suggested the countries continue their close coordination at international forums and organizations and create optimal conditions for Vietnamese businesses and goods in their respective countries.

Leaders of Turkmenistan and Maldives emphasized the importance the countries attach to the relations with Vietnam, spoke highly of Hieu’s proposals, and agreed to implement many measures to promote the bilateral ties in the time ahead.

Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Raşit Meredow. Photo: TG&VN
Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Raşit Meredow. Photo: TG&VN

At the summit, the WTO Director-General highlighted Vietnam’s important role in regional and global supply chain restructuring.

During his stay in the UAE, Hieu co-chaired the political consultation with his host counterpart Saeed Mubarak Al-Hajeri, and had meetings with UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani Al Zeyoudi, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre Essa Kazim, Vice President of UAE Industries of Mubadala Investment Company Jasem Al Neaimi, Executive Director of Elite Argo Dr. Abdulmonem Al Marzooqi, and Director of Al Maya Supermarket Group Kamal Vachani.

At the meetings, both sides expressed their delight at the recent positive developments in bilateral relations.

Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu co-chaired the political consultation with his host counterpart Saeed Mubarak Al-Hajeri. Photo: TG&VN
Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu co-chaired the political consultation with his host counterpart Saeed Mubarak Al-Hajeri. Photo: TG&VN

According to the UAE statistics, the Vietnam – UAE trade turnover in 2022 topped USD 8.8 billion, an increase of over 35% from the previous year, making the UAE the largest trade partner of Vietnam in the Middle East.

They agreed to work closely together to implement political-diplomatic, economic, and cultural activities in 2023 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties. The focus is on promoting delegation exchanges, supporting each other at international and regional forums, and accelerating the establishment of the Vietnam-UAE business council.

They also discussed negotiating important economic-trade cooperation documents, and improving cooperation efficiency in priority fields such as investment, oil and gas, energy, tourism, logistics, among others.

The two sides also agreed to create favourable conditions for goods, especially Vietnamese agricultural products, make inroads into the UAE and support Vietnam in developing the Halal industry, and organise cultural and art exchange activities.

They also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

On this occasion, Hieu, who is also Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, met representatives of the Vietnamese community in the UAE.

Meeting representatives of the Vietnamese community in the UAE. Photo: TG&VN
Meeting representatives of the Vietnamese community in the UAE. Photo: TG&VN

The UAE is one of Vietnam’s leading economic, trade and investment partners in the Middle East. Two-way trade hit 5.3 billion USD in 2021, a year-on-year rise of 21%.

Hannah Nguyen