PM Minh made the request at a discussion on the 2030 Agenda for
sustainable development during the world leading and developing
economies (G20) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bonn, Germany on February
16, in which he participated as Foreign Minister of the APEC 2017 host
The Deputy PM highlighted the importance of global cooperation in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
He also lauded the assistance of G20 members in encouraging the
sustainable use of water resources and climate change response efforts
in the Mekong River basin.
Noting that the stability of the global economy is a crucial
condition for development, he praised the efforts of G20 economies in
maintaining macro-economic and global financial stability.
Deputy PM Minh said that trade is a driver for economic growth and
job creation, while calling for countries to increase collaboration in
boosting global and regional trade and to join hands to build a balanced
multilateral trade system serving development and operating on the
basis of law, ensuring all countries and people benefit from economic
He went on to affirm that as the host of APEC Year 2017, Vietnam is
working with APEC member economies to strengthen sustainable, creative
and inclusive growth.
Noting the similarities in priorities of the G20 and APEC agendas in
2017, he emphasised that Vietnam hopes to foster coordination and
connectivity between the two forums, thus contributing to strengthening
During the discussion, participants agreed that sustainable growth
and poverty eradication are the most effective measures to build and
preserve peace and stability, while highly valuing international
affiliation and calling for responsible actions and the responsible use
of resources for sustainable growth.
Themed “Shaping the global order – foreign policy beyond crisis
management,” the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting focused on implementing
the 2030 Agenda, maintaining peace in the new context and forging
cooperation and support for Africa.
This is the first time that a non-G20 member has been invited to the
two-day meeting, which demonstrates the respected position of Vietnam
and highlights its responsible contributions to the region and world.
The G20 groups the world’s 19 largest economies (based on GDP) and
the EU. Founded in 1999, the group now accounts for 85% of the world
economy. Its members include the US, Germany, Japan, France, the UK,
Italy and Canada, a number of EU members, and Argentina, Australia,
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Arabia Saudi, South
Africa, the Republic of Korea and Turkey.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Minh had a meeting with Spanish
Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis, during which he voiced Vietnam’s desire
to bolster the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Spain. Dastis
said that Vietnam is an important pillar in Spain’s relations in
The two sides agreed to work together to build an action plan to
boost bilateral cooperation, especially in economics, renewable energy,
infrastructure construction, tourism and high technology agriculture.
Minh asked for Spain’s support in hastening the EU’s approval of the
EU-Vietnam free trade agreement and the EU’s recognition of Vietnam’s
market economy status.
The two sides are also enhancing collaboration at international and regional multilateral forums.
Earlier, FM Minh also met with German Foreign Minister Sigma Gabriel
to discuss beefing up the Vietnam-Germany strategic partnership.