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Vientiane (VNA) –The Vietnamese Government always considers sustainable development a goal in the national development strategy, said President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan.

The country has enthusiastically partaken in relevant seminars and committed to translating sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, the official said at an international workshop on SDGs in the Mekong Sub-region in Vientiane, Laos, on October 20.

Vietnam is one of the countries that have actively implemented the Agenda 21 on sustainable development and the country adopted a sustainable development strategy for 2011-2020 he said.

Thuan added that the country has also been praised for its successful realisation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), creating marked changes in reducing poverty and raising people’s living standards.

Participants at the workshop discussed smart agriculture as well as specific measures to implement actions and projects combined with the 2030 Agenda and SDGs in the Mekong Sub-region countries, with attention paid to a smart agriculture in the context of climate change, poor technologies and limited capital.

In his speech concluding the conference, President of the Lao National Institute for Social Sciences Soukkongseng Sayaleuth stated that participants have worked effectively despite restricted discussion time.

They exchanged ideas and solutions to smart agriculture development and the realization of sustainable growth goals, he said, adding that upbeat outcomes of the event will open future cooperation opportunities in smart farming for sides involved.

Representing Cambodia – the host of the next conference, President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia Khlot Thyda announced the 2017 theme as food security and water resources management in the Mekong sub-region.-VNA