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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Sweden shared experience in building a sustainable society during a forum held in Hanoi on October 6.

Representatives from Swedish firms such as Volvo, Ericson, Tetra Pak and Hoganas talked about public and smart transport, demand for sustainable energy, innovation measures to turn Vietnam into a global manufacturing centre, as well as investment in education and training.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said Vietnam maintained an economic growth of more than 5.78 percent from 2010-2015 despite negative impacts from the global economic downturn and uncertain oil prices.

However, numerous problems have emerged, prompting the need to renew the growth model towards dynamic and sustainable development.

The Deputy Minister hailed suggestions at the event as lessons for Vietnam to refine its economic development model.

Swedish Minister of EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde, for her part, said Sweden pledges to use eco-friendly vehicles, ease reliance on oil by 2030 and use no more fossil fuels from 2040.

Vietnam and Sweden have a lot of cooperation opportunities for sustainable development, toward an emission-free society, she said.

The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Swedish Trade and Investment Organisation and the Swedish embassy in Hanoi.-VNA