During a reception in Hanoi on June 25 for the WB official, Ngan hailed his contributions to boosting ties between the WB and Vietnam during his four-year tenure, noting that a number of NA-adopted bills and socio-economic projects received technical and professional support from Dione and his organization.
|National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan welcomes Ousmane Dione, the World Bank Country Director in Vietnam (L)
Dione directed the building of the WB Group Country Partnership Framework for Vietnam 2018 – 2022 with four priorities - inclusive growth and the private sector’s participation, investment in human and knowledge, environment sustainability and good governance. The WB also assisted Vietnam in realising vision and policy recommendations in the “Vietnam 2035” strategic report.
The WB guest applauded the Vietnamese NA for approving the Public-Private Partnership Law and the European Union – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), especially amid rising protectionism at present.
He suggested Vietnam develop logistics and infrastructure, improve the operational efficiency of State agencies, modernise institutions, boost innovation and digital transformation, ensure social integration in the spirit of “Leaving no one behind”.
Vietnam plays an important role in gathering countries in Mekong River basin to discuss solutions to relevant problems, he said.
The Vietnamese NA leader said as a responsible country in the Lower Mekong River, Vietnam desires to ensure an ecological environment for habitants in the area so that the impacts of its changes to the river should be appraised.
She told the WB Country Director that the Vietnamese legislature adopted a Resolution regarding the master plan on socio-economic development for ethnic minority and mountainous regions for the 2021-2030 period.
As Vietnam is in the period of economic recovery following the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the WB’s policy recommendations are helpful to the nation Ngan said while assuring her nation’s willingness to welcome a new wave of investment, and prioritise hi-tech projects as a contribution to boosting the digital economy in the future.