Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh addresses Boao Forum for Asia in China and speaks of key factors behind sustainable development.
Asia should take innovation and creativity as key driving forces for sustainable development, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh told the 2016 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in China’s Hainan province on March 24.
That Asian economies are pushing ahead with renovation, economic restructuring, the development of science and technology, and high-quality human resources is appropriate, Mr. Minh added. He urged Asian countries to forge regional economic connectivity within the framework of bilateral and sub-regional cooperation, the ASEAN Community, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
He also emphasized the importance of enhancing cooperation for sustainable development, especially in climate change adaptation, food security, energy security, and water resources security, explaining that these are both urgent demands and generators of significant momentum for sustainable development in every country and throughout the region.
Mr. Minh also described the reinforcement of a peaceful and stable environment as an indispensable premise for Asia’s development, saying all disputes need to be resolved peacefully and in line with international law.
He reiterated Vietnam’s efforts to cooperate with other countries in the spirit of mutual trust and respect and sharing responsibility for common issues in the region and the world.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang confirmed his commitment to cooperation, sound friendship, and neighborliness with all Asian countries, suggesting that countries should fuel economic growth, enhance regional integration and production capacity, and focus on developing open and inclusive economies that encourage innovation and creativity to create new development momentum.
The Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Lithuania, Nepal, and Thailand also delivered speeches, stressing the role and development potential of Asia in the world and the necessity of furthering ties to ensure peace and stability in the region, as well as the significance of reform, the application of new technology, and regional integration.
Themed “Asia’s New Future: New Dynamics, New Vision”, the 2016 Boao Forum for Asia drew over 2,000 delegates from countries inside and outside of the region.
Leaders from the Mekong Delta’s Ben Tre province also attended the ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors’ Dialogue, in order to increase exchanges and collaboration between regions and localities in China and ASEAN.