|Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son addresses the 8th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
With the goal of building a better future for their people, Minister Son put forth several priority areas of future cooperation including advancing foundational industries by gradually transforming from processing and assembly to research, design, and manufacturing.
He proposed fostering innovation and technology application and transfer; accelerating digital transformation through policy dialogues on the digital economy and cybersecurity, the digital workforce, smart cities, digitizing micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs); and building digital infrastructure, and applying new-generation technologies to manufacturing.
He emphasized the need to promote environmental protection and green growth by strengthening cooperation in developing a green, circular bio-economy, clean, renewable energy, and smart agriculture
In his view, promoting trade cooperation, establishing intelligent supply chains, facilitating connections between MSMEs and multinational corporations, and reforming the investment environment are key components of this collaborative effort.