The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) held their third dialogue on May 10 in Hanoi , focusing on challenges facing sustainable social welfare policies for people of both Vietnam and Germany , and solutions to the issues.

Hoang Binh Quan, member of the CPV Central Committee and Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations led the Vietnamese delegation, while the German delegation was headed by Edelgal Bulmahn, member of the German Parliament and its Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Addressing the two-day event, both Quan and Bulmahn expressed their belief that the dialogue will contribute to further deepening the sound friendship and cooperation between the two parties, while specifying the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Quan noted that over the past years, the Vietnamese Party and Government have paid much attention to the building of the social welfare system.

Evidently, the 1946 Constitution recognised the rights of workers and public servants to access social insurance, and welfare for children, the elderly and people with disabilities, he said.

Besides, a number of relevant agencies as well as laws and policies have been completed, creating a legal basis for the establishment and development of the social welfare system in Vietnam , he added.

He emphasised that the CPV is set to effectively integrate social equality and renovation into every national development policy.

Notably, it approved Resolution 15-NQ/TU on social policies for the 2012-2020 period, affirming that the policies, including those related to social welfare, provide momentum for steady and sustainable development in all periods and the social-political stability, he said.

Both host and guest agreed that this year’s dialogue theme has significant and practical meaning in the context that the two countries are exerting efforts to ease the impacts of the global financial recession and economic crisis on the economies and social welfare conditions of both countries.

The dialogue enables both parties to learn from each other’s experience to promote sustainable development in each country, they said.-VNA