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Deputy PM calls on G20 support for developing countries

Released at: 17:03, 17/02/2017

Deputy PM calls on G20 support for developing countries

FM Pham Binh Minh (left) and German FM Sigma Gabriel. Photo: VGP

Pham Binh Minh the first representative from a non-G20 member invited to group's Foreign Ministers' meeting.

by Quoc Uy

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh has asked G20 members to increase their support to developing countries in infrastructure, human resources development, technology transfer, and climate change response, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports.

He made the request at discussions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bonn, Germany, on February 16, which he attended as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the APEC 2017 host country.

Mr. Minh highlighted the importance of global cooperation in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

He also lauded assistance from G20 members in encouraging the sustainable use of water resources and climate change response efforts in the Mekong River basin.

Saying that the stability of the global economy is a crucial condition for development, he praised the efforts of G20 economies in maintaining macro-economic and global financial stability.

Trade is a driver of economic growth and job creation, he went on, while calling for countries to increase collaboration in boosting global and regional trade and to join hands to build a balanced multilateral trade system serving development and operating on the basis of law, ensuring all countries and people benefit from economic growth.

He also affirmed that as host of APEC Year 2017, Vietnam is working with APEC member economies to strengthen sustainable, creative and inclusive growth.

Noting the similarities in the priorities of the G20 and APEC agendas in 2017, he emphasized that Vietnam hopes to foster coordination and connectivity between the two forums, thus contributing to strengthening global partnerships.

During the discussion, participants agreed that sustainable growth and poverty eradication are the most effective measures in building and preserving peace and stability, while highly valuing international affiliation and calling for responsible action and the responsible use of resources for sustainable growth.

Themed “Shaping the Global Order - Foreign Policy Beyond Crisis Management”, the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting focused on implementing the 2030 Agenda, maintaining peace in the new context, and forging cooperation and support for Africa.

This is the first time a non-G20 member has been invited to the two-day meeting, which shows the profile of Vietnam and highlights its responsible contributions to the region and the world.

The G20 groups together the world’s 19 largest economies (based on GDP) and the EU. Founded in 1999, it now accounts for 85 per cent of the global economy. Members include the US, Germany, Japan, France, the UK, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Mr. Minh held a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis, during which he voiced Vietnam’s desire to bolster the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Spain. Mr. Dastis said that Vietnam is an important pillar in Spain’s relations in Southeast Asia.

The two sides agreed to work together to build an action plan to boost bilateral cooperation, especially in economics, renewable energy, infrastructure construction, tourism and high-tech agriculture.

Mr. Minh asked for Spain’s support in hastening the EU’s approval of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the EU’s recognition of Vietnam’s market economy status.

The two sides will also enhance cooperation at international and regional multilateral forums.

Earlier, Mr. Minh also met with German Foreign Minister Sigma Gabriel to discuss beefing up the Vietnam-Germany strategic partnership.

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