Economic integration is one of the key goals stated in a plan of actions recently issued by the Government to realise the Party’s resolution on international integration.

Specifically, measures will be taken to ensure rapid and sustainable development of the economy after the country joined the World Trade Organisation, with new tasks to meet requirements of the national development to 2020.

A strategy on international intergration by 2020 will be built and implemented, focusing on finance and currency integration.

At the same time, more efforts will be made to improve the investment environment to attract more foreign investors, while ensuring economic security as well as socio-economic efficiency.

Issued on April 10 last year, the Party’s Resolution No. 22-NQ/TW defined staying proactive and positive in international integration as a key strategic direction to the success of the national construction and defence.

In terms of international integration in politics, the plan pointed out that it is necessary to step up and deepen relations with partners, especially those playing the role of strategic importance to the national development and security.

The plan underscored the need for active and positive engagement and the promotion of Vietnam ’s role in multilateral institutions, especially the ASEAN, the Asian Regional Forum and the East Asian Summit.

Vietnam will enhance its effective participation in the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea as well as the swift formation of a Code of Conduct, it said.

The country will continue playing the role of a responsible and constructive member at important forums such as the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Asia-Europe Meeting, as well as the Non-Alignment Movement, the South-South Cooperation, the Francophonie and subregional partnership mechanisms.

On international cooperation in defence and security, the plan stated that a strategy to 2020 in the field will be designed to better utilise external sources as well as the national status in building a modern army, enhancing the country’s defence strength.

Regarding international integration in socio-culture, education-training, science-technology and other areas, the plan specified that it is crucial to add international integration content to strategies, programmes and projects in the fields, aiming to make full use of international partnership and support.

The plan also mentioned the need to increase Vietnam’s involvement in institutions in solving environmental matters, while proposing more initiatives to the joint efforts in coping with climate change, protecting the environment, forests, water resources, fauna and flora, and preventing natural disasters.-VNA