Biography of Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh: Positions and Working History

Pham Binh Minh was first assigned to be Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister in 2013. During his career, Pham Binh Minh has contributed significantly to the national foreign affairs’ achievements and international integration process.
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Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh: Biography & Career
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Pham Binh Minh's Biography

Pham Binh Minh was born on March 26, 1959, in Lien Minh Commune, Vu Ban District, Nam Dinh Province. Phạm Bình Minh graduated in 1981 from the University of Diplomacy (now the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam). According to Communist Party Online Newspaper, Minh holds a master's degree in Diplomacy and Law, issued by Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.

Pham Binh Minh became a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam on May 19, 1984.

Biography of Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh: Positions and Working History
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh - Photo: VNA

Awards granted to Pham Binh Minh

During 30 years working in diplomacy, Pham Binh Minh has received a First-Class Labor Order, a Third-Class Labor Order. He also has an Isala (Freedom) Order from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and a Gwanghwa Medal from the Republic of Korea, according to VGP.

Biography of Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh: Positions and Working History
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh - Photo: Bao Dan Sinh

Positions & Working history

Pham Binh Minh was a member of the Party Central Committee in the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th­ tenures, a member of the Politburo in the 12th and 13th tenures. He was also a deputy to the National Assembly in the 13th and 14th tenures. He was Vietnam's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2020.

October 1981 – September 1982: Staff at the Department of Training, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

September 1982 – January 1986: Attaché of the Embassy of Viet Nam to the United Kingdom

January 1986 – December 1989: Staff at the Department of General Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

December – June 1991: Deputy Director-General in probation, of the Department of General Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

June – July 1992: Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

July 1992 – June 1994: Study at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, the United States of America

June 1994 – July 1999: Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

August 1999 – October 2001: Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations in New York

October 2001 – February 2003: Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Viet Nam to the United States of America

March 2003 – September 2006: Acting Director-General and then Director-General of the Department for International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

April 2006 – January 2011: Alternate member and then a member of the 10th-tenure Party Central Committee

September 2006 – August 2007: Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs

August 2007 – August 2011: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, then Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

February 2011 – January 2016: Member of the 11th-tenure Party Central Committee

July 2011 – July 2016: Deputy to the 13th-tenure National Assembly

August 2011: Minister of Foreign Affairs, member of the National Defense and Security Council

November 2013: Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister

January 2016: Member of the Politburo of the 12th-tenure Party Central Committee, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister

May 2016: Elected as deputy to the 14th-tenure National Assembly

January 2021: Elected as a member of the Politburo of the 12th-tenure Party Central Committee

From April 7, 2021: Deputy Prime Minister.

Biography of Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh: Positions and Working History
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh - Photo: ICT News

Pham Binh Minh's task as Deputy Prime Minister

With his expertise in diplomacy and law, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh will assist the Prime Minister in monitoring and directing the following fields:

- External affairs (including Party’s external affairs, State’s and people-to-people diplomacy).

- Official development assistance and mobilization of concessional loans.

- Foreign non-governmental aid, international non-governmental organizations.

- International integration, monitoring, and directing the negotiation and implementation of multilateral and bilateral international commitments, ASEAN single-window mechanism, national single window, and trade facilitation.

- Foreign direct investment, outbound investment.

- Relations between Viet Nam and international and regional organizations.

- Border, the East Sea, and island issues.

- Overseas Vietnamese affairs and issues related to foreigners in Viet Nam.

- Human rights affairs.

Pham Binh Minh is responsible to assist the Prime Minister in monitoring and directing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He serves as Head of the National Steering Committee for International Integration, Chairman of the Viet Nam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation; in charge of the Viet Nam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee; Head of the State Steering Committee for Land Border Demarcation and Border Marker Planting; Head of the State Steering Committee for Human Rights; Chairman of the National Steering Committee for ASEAN Single Window, National Single Window, and Trade Facilitation; chairman of other national councils, committees, and head of other steering committees in relevant fields.

Government Portal Contact

Head office: 16 Le Hong Phong Street, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Tel: 080 43162 – 080 48440; Fax: 080 48924

Email: vgpnews@chinhphu.vn

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