Prime Minister hosts reception for Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
VGP - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosted a reception for Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher in Ho Chi Minh City on November 28.
Affirming that Viet Nam always treasures the comprehensive partnership with the Netherlands, the host leader highlighted the recent strides in bilateral relations, especially in politics - diplomacy, trade - investment, climate change adaptation, water resource management, and sustainable agriculture.
He asked the two sides to continue with the effective implementation of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, while enhancing result-oriented cooperation within the framework of the strategic partnership on climate change adaptation and water management, and the strategic partnership on sustainable agriculture and food security, which are pillars of the countries' comprehensive partnership.
Pham also recommended the Netherlands continue assisting Viet Nam in climate change adaptation, green and sustainable agriculture development, biodiversity protection, and development of seaports, green economy, and tourism in the Mekong Delta.
The Netherlands remains the largest EU investor and the second biggest EU trading partner of Viet Nam, he noted, calling for optimal conditions for commodities of Viet Nam's strength like farm produce, fishery products, and electronic devices to enter the Dutch and European markets.
He also expressed his hope that the Dutch parliament will ratify the EU – Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) early so as to create momentum and open up new opportunities for investment partnerships, supply chain diversification, and collaboration in green transition, digital transformation, and circular economy development.
For her part, Schreinemacher, now on an official visit to Viet Nam and attending the Green Economy Forum and Exhibition (GEFE) 2022, said her country attaches importance to the comprehensive partnership with Viet Nam, and that it will continue standing side by side with the latter to further intensify bilateral cooperation in all spheres, particularly the priority areas of climate change adaptation, water resource management, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture, logistics services, and renewable energy.
The minister also highly valued Viet Nam's position in the region and advantages in terms of the workforce, which have facilitated partnerships between the countries' enterprises to make full use of the EU – Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
On this occasion, Prime Minister Pham thanked the Dutch Government for donating vaccine and medical supplies to help Viet Nam surmount difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic for socio-economic recovery./.