Attending the meeting, from the Academy, there were Associate Profesor, Dr. Duong Trung Y, Vice President of Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics; Dr. Nguyen Manh Hai, Director of the Centre for Indian Study; Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Van, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department; Dr. Truong Cong Dac, Director of Administration Department; Dr. Do Tat Cuong, Deputy Director of Scientific Management Department; the secretaries and assistants of the Politburo member, Academy President; staff of the Department of International Cooperation and staff of the Centre for Indian Study.
From the Indian Embassy in Vietnam, there were Mr. Subhash Gupta, Deputy Ambassador; Mr. Sushil Prasad, First Secretary in charge of politics; Ambassador's secretary; interpreters and staff of the Embassy of the Republic of India in Vietnam.
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang highly appreciated India's efforts in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, and commented, “India is a symbol of creativity in overcoming challenges and taking initiative in the issue of vaccines and pharmaceuticals, quickly transitioning from fighting against the pandemic to economic development”. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang affirmed that the Covid-19 pandemic is a practice to re-evaluate relationships and new development structures. The more difficult it is, the more the friendship and friendship between the two countries is confirmed. The heads of state of the two countries regularly exchange phone calls and participate in joint events. Vietnam National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue visited India at the end of 2021. The institutions formed in the cooperative relationship between the two countries are increasingly developed. Especially, the Center for Indian Studies under the Academy still maintains scientific connection and scientific research cooperation with Indian partners by appropriate methods to overcome difficulties caused by the pandemic.
Expressing the pleasure to visit the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma affirmed that 2022 is an important milestone for both countries, marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Vietnam (1972-2022), as well as the 75th anniversary of the National Independence Day of the Republic of India (August 15, 1947 - August 15, 2022). Ambassador Verma summarized some recent achievements of Vietnam - India cooperation. First, in defense and security cooperation, India has handed over 12 high-speed sea patrol boats to Vietnam, completing the disbursement of a credit line worth 100 million USD. The two sides are promoting procedures to complete the disbursement of the second credit line, worth 500 million USD, funded by India for Vietnam in the field of defense and security. Second, India has implemented 27 out of 37 quick impact projects (QIPs) in 33 provinces and cities in Vietnam. Third, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, India has provided 40 million doses of the Covaxin vaccine invented and manufactured by India to the United Nations COVAX mechanism. At the same time, India is actively supporting Vietnam in the third phase trial of the Nanocovax vaccine developed by Vietnam.
Regarding the cooperation between the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and the Indian Embassy in the coming time, especially in 2022, the two sides have come to an agreement to deploy three main groups of activities. First, organize scientific conferences. This will be a large, national and international conference, held in person at the Academy, and online to 63 provinces of Vietnam and Indian partners. The conference will have the participation of many groups such as national leaders, scientists, diplomats, industry and field experts, and representatives of the business sector. Second, organizing training activities, inviting Indian experts and scientists to lecture at systems and classes organized by the Academy. Third, connecting to organize a delegation of the Academy to visit, work and teach in India.
The two sides mentioned many topics of mutual interest, in line with the development orientation set forth in the 13th National Party Congress and the new dynamics of India's Act East policy. Here are some topics to organize collaborative activities.
- Economic and trade development: India, with a vision to become a US$5000 billion economy, is currently ranked 4th in the world. Meanwhile, Vietnam has also set a target of becoming a high middle-income country by 2030 and a developed, high-income country by 2045. The two countries share a common vision of prosperous development and sustainability.
- Digital transformation: India can be strong in human resources with high qualifications in information and communication technology. India is implementing many digital transformation programs (including the digital economy). The document of the 13th National Party Congress of Vietnam affirms that Vietnam will grow by the path of innovation in science and technology. Thus, digital transformation for socio-economic development is a field that both sides are interested in and have much to share and learn from each other.
- Green covering, and sustainability: India implements key programs in green covering, sharing common issues of green and sustainable growth with Vietnam. Special attention is paid to the Vietnamese Mekong Delta region with problems of freshwater scarcity, drought, saltwater intrusion, land erosion, and sea-level rise.
- Security: Maritime security has been the focus of the phone conversation between the Prime Ministers of the two countries recently. India and Vietnam were both members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). India and Vietnam share the same vision on the Indo-Pacific region. Besides, non-traditional security issues, such as network security, are also concerns of both sides.
- Health: Policies include physical health and well-being in general, people-centered (security, safety, peace of mind, people's well-being).
- Energy: Continuing the theme of the energy seminar held in May 2019, Focusing more on renewable energy, discussing atomic energy, India's 20 GW nuclear energy production program, providing evidence and arguments as a premise, scientific basis for consulting Vietnam's nuclear energy development policy.
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang assigned the Centre for Indian Study of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics to proactively work with the Indian Embassy in Vietnam and Indian partners to develop detailed plans for specific cooperation activities in the coming time.
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