PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc greets Mr. Roberto Azevedo on April 15.
The Director-General of the WTO, Mr. Roberto Azevedo, arrived in Vietnam on April 15 - the first visit by a WTO chief to the country.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed Mr. Azevedo and said that this is a good chance for the WTO leader and Vietnamese officials to discuss increasing cooperation between the two sides in the future.
Confirming Vietnam’s consistent policy of intensive and extensive international integration, he said the country has negotiated and signed several bilateral and regional free trade agreements together with participating in WTO activities. It has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and is preparing to ratify a protocol amending the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in October.
Mr. Azevedo said that Vietnam still holds great potential for further development as a member of the WTO. He welcomed its preparations for ratifying TRIPS, saying this important document is tailored to support less-developed countries, particularly in accessing sources of pharmaceuticals for medical treatment.
He affirmed that the WTO is willing to support Vietnam in its integration into the global multilateral trade system as well as during its socioeconomic development process.