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State President receives WTO Director-General in Geneva

VGP – State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc received Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Geneva on November 28 (local time) as part of his official visit to Switzerland. ​

November 29, 2021 11:27 AM GMT+7

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (center from L) receives Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (center from R), Geneva, November 28

The Vietnamese Head of State said that from a war-torn country, Viet Nam has gradually emerged to become a major exporter and effectively solved social security problems, thus improving people's living standards. 

Viet Nam is also an active and responsible member of the international community, he added. 

In its development process, Viet Nam has pursued a consistent policy of promoting international economic integration, supports the role of the WTO.

Nguyen suggested the international organization address technical issues in order to maintain its effective operation in the context of more disputes and trade remedies appearing.

He highly evaluated the role and effort of the Director-General in operation of the WTO, expecting that the body would make practical contribution to the multilateral trading system, restoration of global trade amidst complicated COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks. 

Viet Nam supports the WTO’s reform efforts and initiatives on the basis of maintaining a balance between rights and obligations, ensuring that they are appropriate to the development level and implementation capacity of its members, especially developing and underdeveloped ones.

In reply, Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala expressed her impression of Viet Nam's achievements in socio-economic development and international economic integration in general and in the implementation of commitments and obligations within the WTO framework in particular. 

She praised Viet Nam’s efforts in producing COVID-19 vaccines in a bid to work with the world in the fight against the pandemic./.

By Khanh Phuong