Mayor recognizes foreign agencies’ contributions to Hanoi
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 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.
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.
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.
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