A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son attended the 2019 G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on November 22 and 23 in Japan's Nagoya.

The meeting’s three plenary sessions focused on the promotion of free trade and global governance, implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Africa’s development.

It was attended by senior diplomats from the G20 nations as well as those from invited countries such as Vietnam.  India, Spain, Chile, Egypt, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Senegal, Thailand, and Singapore..

Based on the outcomes of the Osaka Summit last June, the ministers discussed issues such as further facilitating trade and investment, addressing new challenges arising from digitalization while maximizing its benefits and minimizing its side-effects, and improving the functions of existing multilateral frameworks, including the WTO.

At the G20 Osaka Summit, leaders affirmed the necessity of maintaining the multilateral free trade system and the reform of the WTO, since international trade and investment remain the key engines of economic growth.

The 2019 G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting follows meetings in Los Cabos, Mexico, in 2012, Bonn, Germany, in 2017, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2018.

At the 2018 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, discussions were held on Contribution, Expectations, and Nature of the G20, Multilateralism and Global Governance, and Actions for Fair and Sustainable Development.

The Nagoya meeting will be the last of relevant ministerial meetings under Japan’s presidency of the G20, which will be handed over to Saudi Arabia for 2020 at this meeting.