The leader, now in Belgium to attend the ASEAN-E.U. Commemorative Summit, suggested that enterprises should strengthen connectivity, and states should harmonize regulations based on the principle of harmonious benefits and shared risks between the state, businesses and people.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh addressing the event

Regarding climate change, he emphasized that this matter requires a global approach, and all related policies must target people and businesses, and they themselves must actively participate in the implementation of these policies.

As the trade relationship between the E.U. and ASEAN is developing comprehensively in terms of scale, scope and nature, member countries must further improve the legal corridor and create the best foundation and conditions for businesses to continue increasing their capacity, creativeness and responsibility, and promoting the achieved results.

According to the Prime Minister, enterprises should focus on such fields as digital, green and circular economy; climate change response; food and energy security; and cybersecurity, with priority given to the development of wind and solar power.

Firms must participate in ensuring social security, pay attention to vulnerable groups to leave no one behind, and promote business culture and ethics.

He affirmed that Vietnam is consistently implementing the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of foreign relations, for peace, friendship, cooperation and development. As a country experiencing many years of wars, the peace-loving Vietnam has maintained a consistent viewpoint of settling disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law. The country is also striving to build an independent and self-reliant economy which actively and effectively integrates into the international community.

Themed “Deepening ASEAN-E.U. Trade: Sustainable Development for All,” the business summit highlighted the great potential of the ASEAN market, as well as big opportunities to promote trade and investment cooperation between the two blocs.

The E.U. is currently ASEAN's third largest trading partner with two-way trade reaching nearly USD 269 billion in 2021, up 18.6% year-on-year. It ranked second in terms of total direct investment in ASEAN in 2021, with about USD 26.5 billion, up 42.9% year-on-year.

Charles Michel, President of the European Council, stressed the need for a new approach to the development issue, especially in the exploitation of digital resources, adding that great attention should be paid to climate change response, environmental protection during the economic development process.

Earlier, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and other leaders joined a working lunch hosted by the E.U.-ASEAN Business Council, during which he affirmed that there remains an ample room to expand trade cooperation between the two blocs.

Source: VNA