NEW YORK - Viet Nam's success in achieving the Millenium Development Goals was highlighted yesterday at a meeting between Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon.
At the meeting, which took place at the UN headquarters in New York City, Trong praised the role of the UN in maintaining peace, stability and international order over its 70-year history. He also noted the strong co-operation forged between Viet Nam and the UN during this period.
Ban Ki-moon lauded Viet Nam's accomplishments in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as its contribution to the UN peace keeping missions as a responsible member of the international community. He wished Viet Nam would continue to co-operate with the UN operations in the future.
In their discussions on the East Sea, Ban Ki-moon said all disputes should be settled in line with international laws, including the 1982 UNCLOS. For his part, Trong urged the UN and its General Secretary to support Viet Nam and other parties involved in resolving the dispute peacefully.
Earlier yesterday, Trong attended a ceremony held in New York yesterday to grant an investment certificate to the Fulbright University Viet Nam project.
This will be the first non-profit private university in the country.
Thomas Vallely, chairman of the Trust for University Innovation in Viet Nam (TUIV)- Fullbright University Fund, expressed his pleasure in receiving the certificate for the university that will be located in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP).
He said proficient Vietnamese lecturers and adequate infrastructure for scientific activities would be crucial to the university's success.
Le Hoai Quoc, head of the SHTP management board, noted that Viet Nam's Fulbright Economics Teaching Programme was the outcome of co-operation established 20 years ago between the HCM City University of Economics and Harvard University's J.F. Kennedy School of Government.
Fulbright University will provide training in high-tech fields, Quoc said, adding that the Saigon Park has pledged support to expediting the project's operation.
Meeting with intellectuals from the Harvard University, Trong thanked the university for training a number of Vietnamese officials, many of whom are holding stable posts in the government.
Viet Nam aims to achieve rapid, sustainable development, he said. He expressed his hope that professors and scientists from Harvard University in particular and from the US in general would further support Viet Nam in scientific research and human resources development.
Professor David Dapice of Harvard University stressed that growth in labour productivity must be accompanied by global knowledge integration.
He expected Fulbright University to foster education ties between Viet Nam and the US, and contribute to increasing the quality of university education in Viet Nam.
On Thursday local time, Party General Secretary Trong met with the Chairman of the Communist Party of USA John Bachtell in Washington D.C.
Bachtell congratulated the Communist Party and people of Viet Nam on their socio-economic achievements over the past 30 years, and expressed his pride at the traditional solidarity between the two communist parties, saying that the Communist Party USA will do its best to facilitate Viet Nam-US ties.
The host also briefed his guest on the recent US developments and the Communist Party USA's current and future activities.
The Party chief congratulated the success of the 30th Congress of the Communist Party USA, and believed that the Party will continually strive to fulfil its responsibility as a political mainstay of the US working people.
Party leader Trong thanked the US communists for their support to Viet Nam's past liberation as well as the current national construction and development.
He invited Bachtell to visit Viet Nam later this year. The invitation was accepted with pleasure.
Also on Thursday, Party leader Trong told representatives of the Vietnamese community in the US that developing relations with major and important partners is a priority in Viet Nam's foreign policy.
Discussing the outcome of his official visit to the US, he told the community that the two sides had discussed specific measures to further strengthen all-around bilateral co-operation and adopted a joint vision statement.
Both sides candidly exchanged views on several issues, including religion and human rights, he said.
The Party leader hailed the significant contributions made by the overseas Vietnamese community to Viet Nam's socio-economic development, renewal process and the improvement of its position and role in the international arena.
He urged them to continue promoting Viet Nam's tradition of unity to international friends.
The representatives of the overseas Vietnamese community said they were delighted at Viet Nam's socio-economic achievements and external relations.
They expressed concerns over the East Sea issue as well as the country's territorial sovereignty.
They said they hoped to to contribute more to national construction and development and serve as a bridge connecting Viet Nam with other countries and partners.