In his speech at a session on economic cooperation within the conference themed “Meet ambassadors from the Middle East and Africa” in Hanoi on September 9, Minh hailed Vietnam’s capacity to meet high and diverse demands of the Middle East and African nations, especially after the country assumes the posts of the ASEAN’s rotary chair in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.
Cooperation models between Vietnam and a number of African nations, especially in the field of agriculture, have been seen as those of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) cooperation.
Vietnam can serve as a bridge augmenting cooperation in the realms of of common concern within the ASEAN framework and join hands in dealing with issues on regional and global peace and security, including those in the Middle East and Africa, the Vietnamese diplomat said.
The Southeast Asian nation and the Middle East and African countries share the desire for peace, towards the 2030 UN Agenda, and similarities in the development level, he said, noting that both sides have advantages in boosting their all-around cooperation, especially in such areas as trade, investment, energy, environment, ICT, agriculture, labour and tourism, Minh emphasized.
He called for outlining major cooperation orientations with a particular focus on economic collaboration which should be a lever of political ties between Vietnam and these countries.
The ambassadors and charge d’affaires need to hold in-depth discussion with Vietnamese partners, especially business representatives to identify potential and feasible areas of cooperation, saying Vietnam has strength in agriculture, fishery, electronics, farm equipment mechanics, construction materials, timber products, agricultural production and processing, ICT and young skilled labourers.
He assured Vietnam’s readiness to support the Middle East and African countries in vocational training and seeking digital solutions to serve agricultural development, he said.
The official underscored the need to renew their cooperation mindsets and methods to adapt to requirements of the new situation, and incentivize the participation of the State, the private sector, the business circle, the public and development partners outside the regions in this regard.
It is imperative to enhance connectivity and promote the role of the network of ambassadors and representatives of the Middle East and Africa in expediting cooperation programmes and plans, he said.
In addition to bilateral channels, there should be closer coordination at multilateral forums like the UN and the NAM as a means of fostering connectivity between Vietnam and the African Union, as well as between the Middle East-African nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Minh stressed.