Update: 04:59 | 13/01/2018
The mission of Vietnamese diplomacy in 2018 is to continue maintaining an environment of peace, stability
Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc speaks at the New Year reception.
The statement was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc at the ministry’s New Year reception with representatives of foreign diplomatic missions and foreign correspondents in Vietnam on January 11.
Ngoc said that together with this mission, Vietnam will work to contribute to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.
“In this process, we will face not only favorable conditions but also significant challenges. Indeed we cannot fulfill these tasks without the support of the international and regional community, of which you are an important part,” he told around 70 foreign Ambassadors, head representatives, cultural and press attachés, along with 50 foreign correspondents and press assistants at the event.
He hailed the important role of the foreign media and press in connecting Vietnam to the world, providing the world with an insight into Vietnam’s situation and contributing to bringing nations closer together.
Looking back on Vietnam’s diplomatic activities in 2017, Ngoc confirmed that the brightest spot on the diplomatic panorama was the successful hosting of the 2017 APEC year.
The success of the APEC Year 2017 was spread far and wide across the international community.
Thanks to the foreign press, the success of the APEC Year 2017 was spread far and wide across the international community, giving rise to the image of a proactive and dynamic Vietnam, he added.
Last year, Vietnam’s bilateral relations with its partners were also further promoted and strengthened.
The country welcomed over 30 delegations led by Heads of State, high-level leaders, and Foreign Ministers.
The diplomatic activities have made great contributions to mustering external resources for national development, the Deputy Minister said, noting that the country’s GDP growth in 2017 was over 6.8%, exceeding previous targets and projections, and was the highest figure in the past ten years.
Foreign trade turnover hit US$425 billion, increasing by over 20% compared to 2016; foreign direct investment was estimated at almost US$36 billion, the highest figure since 2009.
The number of international visitors to Vietnam reached 12.9 million, an annual increase of 29%, putting Vietnam on the list of the countries with the fastest tourism growth in the world for the first time.