Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh calls for IMO’s further support in maritime development
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) receives International Maritime Organisation Secretary General Kitack Lim on May 12. (Photo: VNA)|
The Prime Minister spoke highly of the IMO Secretary General’s first visit to Vietnam, and thanked the United Nations (UN), notably the IMO – the UN specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships, for their valuable contributions and support to Vietnam.
The Vietnamese Government hopes that the IMO will continue to be a pioneering international organisation in promoting maritime cooperation between Vietnam and other member countries, Prime Minister Chinh noted.
With a coastline of over 3,000km and many deep-water ports, Vietnam has great potential to promote the maritime industry, he said, attributing the sector’s strong development over the past years to the IMO’s support.
Prime Minister Chinh called on the organisation and the Secretary General to maintain their assistance to Vietnam in raising its maritime capacity and turning such potential into advantages, thus practically contributing to national socio-economic development, and promoting peace, stability, cooperation and development in the world.
He also called for their assistance in building and perfecting the maritime legal system, and joining and implementing relevant international treaties in order to ensure navigation safety, security and freedom and protect the maritime environment.
In reply, IMO Secretary General Lim expressed his admiration for and congratulated Vietnam on its development achievements in various spheres.
He also commended the country’s vision, resolve, efforts and solutions in achieving the target of net zero emissions by 2050, and suggested Vietnam further share its experience, cooperate with other member countries, and work together with the IMO in realising commitments to emission reduction and sustainable maritime development.
Prime Minister Chinh also briefed his guest on Vietnam’s advantages in renewable energy development, saying the country boasts huge potential for wind and solar energy, biomass electricity and hydrogen, among others.
He suggested the IMO roll out policies in support of developing countries, including Vietnam, in devising maritime development strategies and planning schemes, building and consolidating institutions, applying technologies, and personnel training.
IMO Secretary General Lim agreed with the Prime Minister’s proposals, pledging that the IMO will work to materialise them, especially in personnel training.