Vietnam’s Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan highlighted the country’s important steps towards ensuring gender equality, increasing the position and promoting creativity of women at the opening ceremony of the 25th Global Summit of Women in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 14.

Doan also emphasised Vietnamese women’s contributions to the country’s economic development, particularly in economic restructuring and growth model transfer.

Regarding challenges facing global women, the Vietnamese official stressed the importance of strengthening gender equality policies and strategies, increasing women’s role as well as efforts to improve knowledge and skills.

She called on the summit to support Nepalese women who have been seriously affected during the two recent earthquakes.

Along with the 50,000 USD aid by the Vietnamese Government, the Vietnamese delegation to the summit will donate additional 10,000 USD to Nepalese women.

At the opening ceremony, Vice President Doan was presented with the Global Women’s Leadership award for her efforts to raise the role of women and her contributions to connecting Vietnamese female entrepreneurs with others in the world.

Established in 1990, the Global Summit of Women is held annually to boost female participation in and contributions to global socio-economic development, especially in business.

This year’s three-day event has drawn nearly 1,000 delegates from 63 nations and territories across the world.

Also on May 14, the Vietnamese Vice President met Chairman of the Communist Party of Brazil Renato Rabelo, during which she confirmed that the Communist Party of Vietnam wishes to continue intensifying cooperation with the Brazilian party to further develop and deepen the Vietnam-Brazil comprehensive partnership.

She thanked the Brazilian people for supporting Vietnam, affirming her country continually attaches importance to developing its comprehensive partnership with Brazil – its largest trade partner in Latin America.

The host, in turn, declared that Brazil considers Vietnam an important partner in the Asian-Pacific region and hopes for strengthened collaboration between the two parties in the future.

Both sides exchanged opinions on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Chairman Renato Rabelo supported Vietnam’s stance of settling disputes through peaceful negotiations and in accordance with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Vietnamese official also met Mayor of Sao Paulo Fernando Haddad, saying Vietnam wants to enhance its ties with the city.

The mayor affirmed his city’s wish to strengthen multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam, especially in economics, trade, investment, culture and science-technology, as well as its willingness to twin with Vietnamese localities.

He expressed his intention to visit Vietnam to speed up the implementation of these targets.-VNA