Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh spotlighted prominent achievements of the diplomatic sector over the last two years.

He said the sector has effectively implemented the Party's foreign policy, especially fulfilling the role of the ASEAN Chair in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

The sector has also actively participated in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and in socio-economic recovery and development, including the vaccine strategy, he stressed.

However, besides such outstanding results, the country's diplomatic sector still faces challenges related to strategic research and diplomatic database, he noted.

The PM outlined basic orientations for the three pillars of diplomacy - politics, economy, and culture.

 Participants at the conference proposed specific measures to implement the motto "economic diplomacy serving development, and taking people, localities and businesses as the centre of service”./.