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Vinh Phuc (VNA) – Hundreds of international experts and businessmen gathered at a forum in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on December 12 to seek ways to promote sustainable development.

The event was organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Participants joined discussed measures to promote economic development while protecting the environment and realising sustainable development goals.

Deputy Minister Vo Tuan Nhan underlined the achievements Vietnam has made in international integration, particularly in creating jobs for Vietnamese labourers, promoting poverty reduction and hunger eradication.

Vietnam is an attractive destination for foreign investors, which presents opportunities for domestic enterprises to expand their operations and join the value chains of multinational groups, Nhan added.

Nhan also pointed to the environmental effects of international integration, and attributed the issues to a lack of attention to sustainable development strategies among enterprises.

Deputy Director General of the Ministry’s Vietnam Environment Administration Hoang Van Thuc said Vietnam wishes to encourage green lifestyles and production. Therefore, enterprises have to invest in environmentally-friendly production technologies.

Pham Van Loi, Director of the Ministry’s Environmental Science Institute called on businesses to better observe the Law on Environmental Protection 2014 on disclosing information about environmental issues.

Relevant management bodies and communities also need to strengthen their supervision of the matter.

Representatives from businesses suggested the State develop more regulations on environmental protection and supervision.-VNA