In his opening remark, Director of the Foundation Michel Maso highlighted that French scholars have considerable faith about Vietnam thanks to its proactive strong economic growth, deep international integration and many positive factors after the 12th National Congress.
The conference is billed as a significant event to foster Vietnam-France relations while helping international scholars and friends further their understanding of the Southeast Asian country, he said.
Deputy Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Pham Xuan Son, who led the Vietnamese delegation, hailed the Gabriel Peri Foundation’s initiative to organise such a conference.
He briefed participants about Vietnam’s contemporary history, political features, as well as guidelines and policies adopted at the 12th National Party Congress.
As many as 12 reports were delivered at the conference, including a review of the country’s strategies for its continued development, and achievements of the Doi Moi (Renewal) process over the past 30 years.
Participants raised complex regional and global issues, including the East Sea tension. They supported Vietnam in addressing the issue through peaceful means in line with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
They expressed their hope that Vietnam will overcome challenges to gain further achievements during its innovation and development process. They believed that the relationship between Vietnam and foreign partners, including France and the EU, will be consolidated.
During their stay in France, the Vietnamese delegation met with leaders of some parties in France, and officials from the French Senate and National Assembly, discussing measures to enhance relations between the two countries.