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Vietnam premier arrives in Switzerland for World Economic Forum

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 15:18 GMT+7
Vietnam premier arrives in Switzerland for World Economic Forum
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the world leaders’ meeting on taking action for the ocean in Davos, Switzerland, on January 23, 2019. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Switzerland on Wednesday afternoon to participate in a series of events held within the framework of the World Economic Forum (WEF), according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese head of government and a delegation of high-ranking officials landed at Zurich International Airport before traveling to Davos to commence his agenda.

His first conference at the event was a discussion with other leaders on taking action to protect the ocean. 

During the gathering, PM Phuc urged for breakthroughs in marine conservation, including effectively pooling and allocating resources to cope with serious challenges brought about by climate change and rising sea level.

He suggested establishing an open public-private partnership forum on climate change response and marine ecological environment protection to facilitate the exchange of experience, technological transfer, and attract contribution from local businesses.

A global network on marine and ocean protection should also be formed between the WEF and its partners, Phuc stressed.

The Vietnamese premier and WEF Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab are scheduled to chair a dialogue with leaders of global groups on the Vietnamese economy, focusing on dynamism and innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

On the sidelines of the event, PM Phuc joined talks with Nepal’s premier K.P. Sharma Oli, during which both sides agreed to facilitate all-level visits as well as create favorable conditions for the two countries’ enterprises to cooperate in such fields as telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, farm produce, garments, footwear and electronics. 

They consented to push forward with the signing of an agreement on visa exemptions for diplomatic and official passport holders.

During a meeting with Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevedo, PM Phuc affirmed that Vietnam treasures a multilateral trade system based on rules and regulations set forth by the WTO framework,

After over a decade of membership in the WTO, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of activeness and high responsibility, he added.

During the 2019 WEF, Vietnam and the WEF plan to sign a cooperation agreement on building an Industry 4.0 Center in Vietnam and a letter of intent on collaboration in plastic waste treatment.

The WEF was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Vietnam joined the forum in 1989.

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