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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid a working visit to Indonesia
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President Joko Widodo. Photo: VNA

At the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, themed "Achieving Sustainable Goals (SDGs) and Overcoming Development Gap through Regional and Global Collaborative Actions,” ASEAN leaders and leaders of the United Nations, the IMF and the WB exchanged ideas, directions and measures to strengthen cooperation and collaboration between ASEAN and the United Nations, IMF, WB in realizing sustainable development goals through effective implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and increasing mutual support between the Agenda and the ASEAN Vision 2025.

Speaking at the meeting, the Prime Minister suggested the UN, IMF and WB coordinate with ASEAN and Vietnam to accelerate the implementation of outcomes of the WEF ASEAN, especially the business environment harmony mechanism, the national incubator connectivity framework, and connectivity on education systems and building of life-long learning systems in ASEAN countries.

The Prime Minister proposed the IMF and WB cooperate with and give advice to ASEAN countries in building a regional macroeconomic risk warning mechanism so as to improve resilience and adaptation of the ASEAN economy, continue to support and closely work with the bloc in infrastructure development, early disaster warning and climate change response, narrowing development gaps, especially digital gap, technology research and application, institutional reform and high-quality human resources training in order to grasp opportunities from the Fourth Industrial Revolution. "We are confident that, with open global and regional partnership and high commitment, the UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals will be successfully realized in Southeast Asia and in the world," said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also attended the opening ceremony of the IMF-WB Annual Meetings as a special guest of the host country; met some ASEAN leaders, namely the Prime Ministers of Cambodia and Malaysia, the President of the Philippines, among others to discuss measures to promote bilateral cooperation and solve some specific issues. At the meeting with the IMF, IMF Managing Director C. Lagarde positively valued Vietnam's macroeconomic stability management policies amid unpredictable global uncertainties, saying that the IMF is ready to cooperate and consult with Vietnam in the coming time.

At the talks with President Joko, the two sides agreed to create a new breakthrough and make economic cooperation the main pillar of the Strategic Partnership, strive to raise bilateral trade to US$10 billion, thus creating more favorable conditions for dialogues among businesses, and businesses with the governments, support small and medium enterprises, and quickly solve problems that newly arise.

The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation on other potential fields such as agriculture, human resources development and tourism, including consideration to open direct flights connecting tourist destinations of the two countries.

Both sides underlined the importance of peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

On this occasion, the Prime Minister announced that Vietnam had decided to provide Indonesia US$100,000 as aid to help Indonesia overcome aftermath of the recent earthquake and tsunami. "The Government and people of Vietnam will always be with you in this difficult time," the Prime Minister said.

During the visit, the Prime Minister received a number of Indonesian businesses including the Chairman of Ciputra Group, the Chairman of Nikko Indonesia Securities Company, and the President of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Speaking at a joint press conference, President Joko Widodo highly valued the outcome of the talks, and the direction of strategic partnership, and expressed his thanks to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s concern over Indonesian investors in Vietnam. President Widodo said he would like Indonesian entrepreneurs to explore business opportunities in the Vietnamese market.

The working visit to Indonesia by the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc further confirmed the role of Vietnam as an proactive, active and responsible member in the ASEAN, showing that Vietnam attaches importance to substantial cooperation with the world's largest multilateral institutions, improving the effective strategic partnership with the host country Indonesia contributing to building a self-reliant and creative ASEAN community, and Southeast Asia of peace, stability, unity, prosperity with sustainable growth.

Nguyen Duc