Vietnam attaches a great deal of importance to South-South cooperation and considers it a vital for developing countries.

Ninh Thi Binh, Counsellor to Vietnam ’s Permanent Mission to the UN, stated this at the 17 th Session of the High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation in New York on May 23.

Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Head of the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the UN, was elected as Vice Chair of the biennial session, which is taking place from May 22-25.

“Vietnam stands ready to cooperate with everyone to build effective mechanisms and promote South-South and cooperation at all levels- international, regional, sub-regional, and national levels for the mutual benefit of the South,” said Binh.

She highlighted the need to strengthen and develop further efficient and effective models of South-South cooperation and three-way cooperation on agricultural production, healthcare, education, information technology, infrastructure and trade that have produced good results during the last few years in many developing countries in Asia and Africa .

Binh also urged that developed countries realise their commitments on official development assistance (ODA), trade and market access with developing countries.

“The developed partners should remove all policies and measures that create market barriers and protectionism that are harmful to developing countries, particularly measures under the name of green protectionism,” she stressed.

The Vietnamese representative suggested that the UN extends its central role to coordinate support from various entities to develop the South, including promotion of South-South and three-way cooperation.-VNA