The “L'Humanité” newspaper of France ran an article highlighting Vietnam’s economic development achievements and international integration strategies. (Source: VNA)

 Paris (VNA) – On the occasion of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to France, the “L'Humanité” newspaper of France ran an article highlighting Vietnam’s economic development achievements and international integration strategies.

The article quoted Hoang Binh Quan, member of the CPV Central Committee and head of the Committee’s Commission for External Affairs, as saying that Vietnam’s strategies to promote regional and global integration during over 30 years of Doi Moi (reform) have helped the country escape from underdevelopment to join the group of middle-income developing countries.

Vietnam’s position in the international arena has been raised and the country wishes to enhance relations with strategic partners and major countries for national security and development, he said.
 
Regarding Party leader Trong’s official visit to France, Quan stated this is an important political event and is the first France visit by the highest Vietnamese leader in the past 13 years. The visit offers a chance for the two countries to review their cooperation, assess potential and map out orientations to foster their strategic partnership signed in 2013.

France is one of the leading trade partners of Vietnam in Europe, with two-way trade in 2017 reaching 4.62 billion USD. France is now home to 7,000 Vietnamese students and postgraduates. Bilateral collaboration has been also promoted in the fields of culture, health, education-training, justice, administrative reform, customs and defence-security, along with decentralised cooperation.

According to the article, Quan also mentioned France’s assistance to Vietnam in addressing AO/dioxin-related issues, saying that overcoming consequences of the toxic chemical requires a great effort of Vietnam and support from the international community. Vietnam appreciates France’s cooperation in health research, with French researchers having organised symposiums on chemical products and serious consequences of AO/dioxin on human health since 1970.

Vietnam wants French experts to continue research on genetic mutations as well as treatments for victims of different generations, the official stressed.-VNA