Vietnam, Saudi Arabia shared vision and aspiration for development
|Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Vietnam Mohammed Ismaeil A.Dahlwy, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations Nguyen Phuong Nga and participants at the ceremony take a group photo. (Photo: Quang Hoa)|
To attend the ceremony there were also the President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations Nguyen Phuong Nga, representatives from Vietnam's Ministries and agencies of Vietnam as well as Ambassadors, Chargé d'Affaires and Heads of representative offices of International Organizations.
In his opening remarks, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Vietnam Mohammed Ismaeil A.Dahlwy said that the celebration of the Saudi National Day is not only to commemorate the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of late King AbdulAziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud but also to celebrate the great economic, political and social achievements that the Kingdom has achieved in light of the Kingdom ambitious vision 2030.
According to the Ambassador, Saudi Arabia is reaping the fruits of this vision. These achievements are reflected in impressive figures, as the real gross domestic product rose by 3.2% in 2021, the fastest pace in 6 years, while non-oil exports grew 37% yearly. The foreign direct investment rate hit a record of 19.3 billion USD in 2021, which represented a 257.2% growth compared to the previous year, surpassing the total investment of the previous three years. In addition, the participation rate of Saudi women in the labor market has increased to 33.6%, and Saudi women have occupied various decision-making positions in both public and private sectors.
|Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Vietnam Mohammed Ismaeil A.Dahlwy. (Photo: Quang Hoa)|
"We believe Vision 2030 will have a ripple effect throughout the region, benefitting not only the lives and opportunities of Saudis, but also bolstering the prospects for regional and global prosperity," he said.
The Ambassador also noted that Saudi Arabia prioritizes multilateralism, through its presidency of the G20 2020, Saudi Arabia had worked to emphasize the importance of multilateralism and enhance global cooperation to better tackle the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saudi Arabia emerges as a strong contender to host the global events, he added. The Kingdom announced and hosted several initiatives such as the Saudi Green Initiative, the Middle East Green Initiative, the Future Investment Initiative and Global Artificial Intelligence summit and many others activities, and recently Saudi Arabia officially submited application bid to host World EXPO 2030 in Riyadh, themed “The Era of Change: Leading the Planet to a Foresighted Tomorrow.”
|Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Vietnam Mohammed Ismaeil A.Dahlwy delivers his remarks. (Photo: Quang Hoa)|
The diplomat hailed the outstanding achievements Vietnam has accomplished despite the unprecedented challenges resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic, and said that the defined development objectives for the country until 2025 and 2030, especially the 2045 vision which aims to turn Vietnam into a developed country with high-income is similar to the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 in terms of ambition, prospects and aspirations.
"We highly appreciate these ambitious visions of Vietnam, and we are confident that Vietnam will achieve great success in the country's journey towards progress for the sake of prosperity of the Vietnamese people", he said.
In his opinion, the relations between Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are witnessing a remarkable transformation and development in all fields since the diplomatic relations were established in 1999.
Moreover, there is a firm desire of the two countries to exchange delegations, especially high-level delegations. The Ambassador cited the visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud to Vietnam in March 2022 during which the two siddes pushed joint cooperation between the two countries towards broader prospects.
There are enormous opportunities and potentials to enhance the level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics, trade, labor, investment and tourism, and there are tremendous efforts have been made by the two countries to exploit these opportunities, he stated.
Quoted President Ho Chi Minh's saying that "Unity is strength", Saudi Arabian Ambassador expressed his wish for greater achievements and success for the Government and the friendly people of Vietnam, progress and prosperity for the Saudi-Vietnamese relations, and durability and firmness for the solidarity and friendship between the two peoples.
|Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu delivers his welcoming remarks. (Photo: Quang Hoa)|
In his welcoming remarks, Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu congratulated the remarkable socio-economic achievements that the Government and people of Saudi Arabia have obtained in recent years under the leadership of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
"Such breakthrough gains have created a strong driver and a solid foundation for the Government and people of Saudi Arabia to successfully achieve the ambitious Vision 2030, making Saudi Arabia a global economic hub that links together Asia and Europe," he said.
The Permanent Deputy FM fully agreed with Saudi Ambassador's evaluation of the positive developments in the friendship between Vietnam and Saudi Arabia and noted that this helps Saudi Arabia become one of Viet Nam's leading partners in the Middle East.
In the political and diplomatic domain, the friendly relations between the wo countries have been continuously strengthened. "The first visit to Viet Nam by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Faisal Farhan Al-Saud in March opened up many new directions for our bilateral relations in the coming period," he added.
According to the Deputy PM, despite the negative impact of COVID-19, the two-way trade last year still reached US$ 2 billion, a 26.5% year-on-year increase. In investment, Saudi Arabia's successful projects in Viet Nam, especially Zamil Steel Viet Nam, are vivid demonstration of the mutually beneficial economic collaboration between the two countries
|Participants at the ceremony. (Photo: Quang Hoa)|
He emphasized that Viet Nam and Saudi Arabia share the same vision and aspiration for national development, prosperity and happiness. Similar to the Saudi Vision 2030, Viet Nam sets the target of becoming a developing country with a modern industry base and middle income by 2030.
"Given our existing excellent bond of friendship and cooperation, I am confident that progressing towards these development targets will open up many opportunities for our two countries to work together in various promising areas, such as energy, investment, trade, labor, and tourism, among others.
The Government of Viet Nam will always give high priority to the continuous advancement of the multifaceted cooperation between Viet Nam and Saudi Arabia in the coming time, for the mutual benefits of our two peoples," the Permanent Deputy Minister said.