General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (Photo: VNA)
Paris (VNA) – Secretary General of the
France – Vietnam Friendship Association Jean-Pierre Archambault has expressed
his interest in Vietnam’s sound choices for development, which were mentioned
in an article on several theoretical and practical issues on socialism and the
path towards socialism in Vietnam by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong.
In an interview recently granted to the Vietnam News
Agency in Paris, Archambault said Trong pointed out that Vietnam's development path is “national independence and
socialism”, “not choosing capitalism”, and “development of socialist-oriented
market economy”. He said these are sound choices that were decided early and have been
maintained continuously since the 20th century.
Commenting on Vietnam’s renovation cause and development
of socialist-oriented market economy, Archambault said Vietnam has achieved
considerable progresses. Over the past decade, Vietnam’s economy has grown by
6-7 percent annually with low inflation rate. The rate of poor households was
reduced to below 5 percent from 58 percent in 1993. In 2010, Vietnam became a
middle-income country with an average income of 2,100 USD per capita.
According to him, it is necessary to review the history to gain
an insight into Vietnam’s beginning, thus better understanding its efforts.
He added that Vietnam is still facing challenges such as
improving production capacity and competitiveness, uneven development in urban
and rural areas, mitigation of climate change impacts.
In the near future, he suggested Vietnam pay more attention to
vocational training, application of artificial intelligence and tap strengths
in health care.
In his opinion, Vietnam succeeded in regional and global
integration thanks to strong political determination of high-ranking leaders. The
country formed diplomatic ties with nearly 200 nations and engaged in trade
with over 200 countries and territories, and signed strategic partnership
agreements with many countries worldwide, including France.
Vietnam has played an active role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) and was hailed as one of the most dynamic economies
in the region, contributing to propelling the global economy, he said.
The Secretary General added that Vietnam’s election as a
non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021
tenure with 192 out of 193 votes has affirmed its stature on international
arena and the community’s trust on the country’s foreign policy.
With closer ties in tertiary education and health care, he
expressed his belief that bilateral ties will further grow in the near future,
particularly in economy./.