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Taking advantage of WTO membership for development

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After five years of implementation, Resolution 08-NQ/TW has brought about great and practical results, significantly contributing to the country’s common achievements.

The statement was made by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung while presiding over a national conference in Hanoi on August 14. He reviewed the implementation of the resolution on a number of major policies and guidelines aimed to develop the economy in a rapid and sustainable manner, now that Vietnam has become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

In the bilateral field, commitments to the WTO have been nearly fulfilled, Dung said, adding that impact of the commitments can now be assessed effectively.

Regionally, Vietnam has integrated more intensively into ASEAN, heading towards the building of the ASEAN Community by 2015.

The country is actively negotiating or preparing negotiations on several important free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and a bilateral free trade agreement with the EU, the Prime Minister said.

The present context requires Vietnam to look back and comprehensively evaluate the implementation of the resolution, as well as targets and tasks laid out in the Government’s Programme of Actions, in order to seek solutions to continue improving the efficiency of international integration in general and international economic integration in particular, he noted.

Dung stressed the need to assess the achievements in a right way while looking honestly at shortcomings, weaknesses and reasons to draw lessons during the implementation of the resolution.

It is also necessary to clarify the context and new development requirements to set targets, tasks and solutions to boost and improve the efficiency of international integration while building strategies for international integration in the coming time, the PM said.

The conference will hear a report from the Ministry of Industry and Trade that focuses on the implementation of the Resolution No. 08 and the Government’s Resolution 16/2007/NQ-CP on the implementation of Resolution No. 08.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment will present a draft report on Vietnam’s socio-economic situation five years after joining WTO.

The Government’s draft resolution on economic integration during the 2012-2015 period with a vision to 2020 and a number speeches of representatives of central agencies, ministries, localities, research institutes, associations and economic groups will also be delivered at the conference.-VNA
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