The Hanoitimes - The city`s successes are attributed to not only constant efforts of authorities of all levels, but also considerable support and cooperation of international friends, diplomatic agencies and international organizations and businesses.
Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung of the Hanoi People’s Committee has highlighted the prominent achievements of the capital city in 2018 and recognized the contributions of foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations and businesses.
Hanoi’s diplomatic activities have been implemented in a comprehensive manner, producing significant outcomes as well as serving socio-economic development programs of the capital city and the country, Chung said at a ceremony dedicated to foreign missions based in Hanoi on Wednesday evening.
Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung of the Hanoi People’s Committee speaks at the ceremony. Photo: Minh Tuan
He boasted that, among the most outstanding achievements, the city met all its 20 targets set for 2018, with nine of which were even surpassed. The city’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) grew 7.61% and its export turnover increased by 21.6%. Its budget revenue reached VND250 trillion (US$10.7 billion), exceeding the estimate by 2.5%.
Notably, Hanoi took the lead in the country in foreign direct investment attraction, with a total of US$7.5 billion. The city’s tourism industry continued to flourish, welcoming some 26.4 million visitors, up 10.4% year-on-year, of whom foreign holidaymakers were 6.05 million, rising 21.13%.
“Foreign affairs achieved many outstanding results in all areas, opening up opportunities in economic, cultural, trade and tourism cooperation,” the mayor stressed.
Chung highlighted that the capital city has coordinated with embassies and diplomatic missions to organize 122 cultural events and festivals within the pedestrian streets in the downtown, presenting Vietnamese cultural identity and introducing cultural quintessence of other countries to the Vietnamese people and foreign friends in Hanoi.
Representatives of the diplomatic missions in Hanoi. Photo: Minh Tuan
Looking ahead, Hanoi’s mayor said the city will continue to smooth its business and investment environment, maintain and expand friendship and cooperation with capitals, cities and international organizations. The city will also improve its diplomatic activities based on three pillars namely economic diplomacy, political diplomacy, and cultural diplomacy.
Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh noted that Vietnam harvested encouraging outcomes in 2018 against the backdrop of global and regional uncertainties.
“What’s most important is Vietnam’s growth is now on firmer footing. Not only was economic stability ensured, but also remarkable progress was made in anti-corruption and administrative reforms,” Minh said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh addresses the event. Photo: Minh Tuan
He said 2018 marked Vietnam’s continued achievements in foreign affairs, with a total of 61 high-levels visits by Vietnamese and foreign leaders. Notably, Vietnam hosted four important international events, in particular the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, which took place in September 2018 in Hanoi, was considered the most successful of the 47-year history of the WEF.