PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc underlined the importance of strengthening cooperation to cope with climate change at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
He also called on the G20 countries and international community to uphold responsibility, strictly implement international commitments and enhance financial and technological support for developing countries to achieve sustainable and inclusive development goals.
Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries to consequences of climate change and sea-level rise as well as unsustainable use of Mekong water resources, the Government chief stressed. He said Vietnam will strive to complete the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals, with a focus on poverty and inequality reduction, education, renewable energy and climate change adaptation.
Vietnam has integrated climate change adaptation in planning and development schemes and pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 8% by 2030 or even 25% provided it receives effective support from the international community.
As the APEC Chair in 2017, the country has managed to push for sustainable development, climate change adaptation and effective energy use among the member economies while coordinating with the APEC members to boost talks on inclusive development in economic, social and financial aspects.
This year’s G20 Summit, which is taking place in the context of profound changes in the global political and economic landscapes, have drew senior leaders from the G20 countries and international organizations.
Themed “Shaping an Inter-connected World,” the Summit agenda focuses on key global issues like growth, trade, investment, finance, climate change, energy, support for Africa, health, job among others. PM Phuc joined the Summit as Vietnam is currently the chair of APEC 2017.
Vietnam is ready to further promote its cooperative ties with Germany’s Hamburg state in the fields of science-technology, logistics and shipping-seaports, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
During a meeting with First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz on July 7 within the framework of his official working visit to Germany, PM Phuc suggested the state encourages its businesses to invest in Vietnam, especially in the spheres of their strength such as shipbuilding, petrochemistry, aviation-aerospace, electronics, precision mechanics, chemicals and optical equipment.
The PM also recommended Hamburg to beef up cooperation in seaport management, planning and development with port cities of Vietnam, including Da Nang, Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City, thus helping them get international scale and standards.
Mayor Scholz expressed his delight at positive development steps in the strategic partnership between the two nations in all areas, particularly in trade-investment, to which Hamburg has made a remarkable contribution. He noted that Hamburg is home to the second largest system of seaports in Europe and the third largest in the world, where around 145 million tonnes of cargo are transited each year.
Hamburg is also a major gateway for Vietnamese goods to enter Germany and Europe, Scholz said, adding that the number of containers from and to Vietnam through the Hamburg port has increased 50 percent in recent years. The Mayor applauded the PM’s proposals, saying that Hamburg will work with Vietnam to deploy cooperation initiatives in the future. He also spoke highly of contributions by the Vietnamese community in Hamburg to strengthening friendship and trade-investment ties between Hamburg and Vietnam.