Vietnam’s Global Recognition: PM’s Keynote Speech at WEF Davos 2024

In the elite circles of Davos, Switzerland, where global leaders converge to discuss the pressing issues of our time, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh took the stage, delivering a keynote speech that echoed far beyond the snow-capped peaks. The 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) bore witness to a milestone for Vietnam, as its leader shared insights on the nation’s global vision. In this blog, we delve into the significance of this event from an investor’s perspective, examining why the international recognition of Vietnam’s leadership is more than just diplomatic niceties.

PM Pham Minh Chinh speaks at WEF Davos 2024. (Photo credit: VNA)

Vietnam’s Ascension: A Global Perspective

Prime Minister Chinh’s presence at WEF Davos 2024 not only symbolized Vietnam’s regional prominence but served as a proclamation of its emergence onto the global stage. The World Economic Forum, represented by eminent figures like Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman, and renowned author and columnist Thomas Friedman, offered a positive evaluation of Vietnam’s achievements, vision, and international role.

Professor Klaus Schwab, a key architect of the WEF, lauded Vietnam for its commitment to sustainable development and the creation of a green and smart economy. He remarked, “Vietnam’s strides towards a sustainable future are not just commendable but set a precedent for nations navigating the complexities of economic progress in the 21st century.”

Thomas Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, echoed this sentiment, stating, “In a world grappling with environmental challenges, Vietnam’s focus on green initiatives positions it as a trailblazer, showcasing that economic growth can coexist harmoniously with ecological responsibility.”

Beyond regional recognition, this acknowledgment at a global forum positions Vietnam as a key player in shaping international economic discourse. The significance extends beyond diplomatic optics, influencing the perception of global investors and creating ripples in the intricate web of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Five Lessons and Future Directions: Navigating Vietnam’s Success Story

In his speech, PM Chinh expounded five crucial lessons drawn from Vietnam’s 40-year reform journey. These lessons, spanning socialism, foreign policy consistency, national unity, collaboration with contemporary forces, and the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, offer valuable insights for nations aiming for a similar trajectory. PM Chinh’s emphasis on digital transformation, science, technology, and the green transition outlines Vietnam’s strategic direction for the future, showcasing a commitment to innovation and sustainable growth.

The global spotlight on these lessons at WEF Davos solidifies Vietnam’s image as a learning ground for nations navigating the complex intersection of tradition and progress. International stakeholders now view Vietnam not just as a market but as a reservoir of experiences, a guiding light guiding them through uncharted waters.

This recognition comes at a crucial juncture when global leaders are grappling with challenges ranging from climate change to socio-economic disparities. Vietnam, under PM Chinh’s guidance, emerges as a case study for inclusive development and adaptive governance, earning its place in the international policy dialogue.

Impacts on Foreign Direct Investment: Catalysts and Consequences

For investors, this global recognition translates into tangible implications for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The increased international interest in Vietnam, fueled by positive exposure at events like WEF Davos, directly influences the nation’s growing FDI. This influx not only enhances Vietnam’s global reputation but also has a cascading positive effect on GDP per capita, directly impacting investors focused on domestic consumption, such as Kenno. PM Chinh’s address becomes more than a diplomatic gesture; it transforms into a catalyst for economic growth and investor confidence.

The implications of heightened FDI reach beyond the financial realm. As global investors funnel resources into Vietnam, there is an organic transfer of knowledge, technology, and best practices. This symbiotic exchange positions Vietnam as not just a destination for capital but as a dynamic hub for innovation and cross-cultural collaboration.

Steady Growth Story: Kenno’s Insight

For Kenno, PM Chinh’s keynote speech serves as a validation of our enduring belief in Vietnam’s upward trajectory. The global acknowledgment received in Davos reflects the growth narrative we’ve witnessed over the years. As Vietnam garners attention on the world stage, our team at Kenno remains poised to leverage the diverse opportunities within this dynamic market, reaffirming our commitment to informed and strategic investments.

The steady growth story of Vietnam aligns seamlessly with Kenno’s investment philosophy and thematic approach revolving around domestic consumption. Beyond the macroeconomic indicators, the resilience showcased by the Vietnamese economy underlines its potential as a strategic investment destination. As we navigate the evolving landscape of global investments, our focus on Vietnam remains unwavering, grounded in the conviction that the nation’s growth is not just a fleeting moment but a sustained narrative.


In the subdued corridors of Davos, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s words echoed not only within diplomatic circles but also resonated with global investors. The impact of his keynote speech extends beyond the ceremonial; it influences the trajectory of FDI, shaping perceptions and opening doors to new investment horizons. As we navigate these shifts in the global economic narrative, Kenno stands vigilant, ready to seize the promising opportunities embedded within Vietnam’s ascent on the world economic stage.

For more detailed information, you can refer to the following sources:
Vietnam Net Global
Vietnam Plus

Published 01/2024

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