The National Council for Sustainable Development and Improving Competitiveness convened its first meeting in Hanoi on July 19.

The 41-member council was set up under the Prime Minister’s decision dated May 31 this year, to advise the Government and the Prime Minister on policies, programmes and measures that promote sustainable development and improve competitiveness.

The delegates discussed regulations for the council’s organisation and operations for successfully realising the nation’s Sustainable Development Strategy during the 2011-2020 period.

At the meeting, a representative from the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) gave a run down of Vietnam ’s performance when trying to achieve its sustainable development goals over the past two decades.

The ministry reported that at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that took place in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil , last month, many overseas partners have committed themselves to continue supporting Vietnam in implementing its strategy for green growth and sustainable development. The support will be provided in suitable models of cooperation, such as official development assistance (ODA) and public-private-partnerships ( PPP ).

Deputy Prime Minister Nhan, the council’s chairman, asked the MPI to lay out the criteria for assessing the country’s competitiveness, based on international competitive norms, by August 30.

The council will hold the second meeting in October.-VNA