Vietnam supports South-South cooperation

(VOVWORLD) - The Vietnamese delegation to a UN conference has underscored Vietnam’s support for South-South cooperation and willingness to share its positive experience in socio-economic development. The delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, attended the 2-day Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation which concluded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday. 

Vietnam supports South-South cooperation - ảnh 1 Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son addresses the Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (Photo: VTV)

South-South cooperation aims to boost effective development through sharing experience and technologies between developing countries. It recommends solutions to global challenges, shares the best practical lessons, sponsors pilot projects, provides project loans, and develops and applies technologies.

Active member

Vietnam has participated extensively in partnering with other developing countries in South-South Cooperation and with developed countries and sponsors in Triangular Cooperation. Vietnam assumed the Vice Presidency for the 17th tenure of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, the main policymaking body on South-South cooperation in the UN system and joined the South-South dialogue. Approving the Vietnam Partnership Documents, the Vietnamese government is committed to “strengthening cooperation with other developing countries via expanding trade and investment and sharing knowledge and technological cooperation.”

Vietnam has worked closely with African countries in food security, agriculture, infrastructure, education,training, healthcare, and environmental protection. Rice exporting, cultivation of rubber, coffee, and vegetables, and aquaculture are main areas of bilateral cooperation with Angola, Mozambique, Egypt, and Libya. 

Experience sharing

The just-concluded High-level Conference acknowledged the importance of South-South cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It reviewed 40 years of implementing the Buenos Aires Action Plan (BAPA) on technological cooperation between developing countries and mapped out future orientations.

The Vietnamese delegation delivered key-note speeches at the plenary session and took part in sideline discussions. Vietnam expressed its readiness to share experience and lessons learned from its economic growth and international integration with countries of similar development level. In addition to traditional areas like agriculture, education, and health care, Vietnam wants to expand its win-win cooperation to other areas needed by other developing countries. Vietnam stressed the need to improve forums to strengthen voices and promote the interests of developing countries in addressing global issues.

Because international integration is a priority in Vietnam’s foreign policy, Vietnam treasures South-South cooperation, considering it a strong step forward in line with global and national development trends.

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