Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh’s writing featured on Thai printed newspaper

Update: 07:30 | 03/09/2021
Thailand’s leading English-language printed newspaper Bangkok Post on September 2 published an interview with Vietnamese Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh on the occasion of Viet Nam’s 76th National Day.
Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh’s writing featured on Thai printed newspaper
The article was published by Thailand’s English-language printed newspaper Bangkok Post.

In the article titled “Viet Nam in 76 years of Independence”, the diplomat underscored the country’s achievements after the landslide victory of the August Revolution which brought about the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam on September 2, 1945.

In these 76 years, the story of Viet Nam has been impressive to the world, from the triumphs over the wars of resistance to the success of the “Doi moi” (Renewal) process, which make the country today become a strong, democratic and open nation, as well as amongst the fastest growing economies in the world.

He emphasised the transformation from a centralised backward agricultural economy facing constant food shortages to the world’s leading exporter of agricultural products able to ensure food security for a population of more than 97 million, calling it one of Viet Nam’s greatest achievements.

At present, Viet Nam is among the 40 largest economies in the world and the fourth in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Thanh said.

Per-capita income has increased 17-fold to more than 3,500 USD since 2008, leveling Viet Nam to the group of middle-income countries.

Viet Nam is among the world’s fastest-developing countries in information technology, with 70 percent of its population having access to the internet.

The United Nations has classified Viet Nam as one of the countries reaching the Millennium Development Goals. In 2019, Viet Nam’s Human Development Index (HDI) hit 0.704, which was a commendable accomplishment compared to countries with a similar level of development.

Thanh went on to say that Viet Nam has advocated the model of market economy with socialist orientation since the start of the Doi moi process in 1986, which equally combines both economic and social development targets and policies. Poverty reduction is a key achievement of independent Viet Nam.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese Government has provided social support programmes to the vulnerable groups, including free vaccinations to all residents and expatriates regardless of nationalities and occupations.

“Viet Nam’s foreign policy built on independence, self-reliance, multilateralism, diversification, peace, friendship, cooperation and proactive integration has borne fruits,” he affirmed.

This year, Viet Nam and Thailand are celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations (August 6).

Touching on major hallmarks in the countries’ ties, the Vietnamese Ambassador affirmed that Viet Nam and Thailand are close partners in ASEAN and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), as well as under cross-regional mechanisms like the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM).

He firmly believes that the strengthened strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Thailand will be further developed in a way that makes the two countries become stronger together.

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(Source: VNA)