Viet Nam, Germany define measures to boost bilateral ties
VGP - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz defined major directions and measures to comprehensively advance the bilateral cooperation during their talks in Ha Noi on November 13.
November 13, 2022 9:06 PM GMT+7
Prime Minister Pham said the Chancellor's official visit to Viet Nam on November 13 - 14 was of great importance to bringing the bilateral relations to a new phase of development, enhancing political trust, intensifying the strategic partnership, and strengthening cooperation in bilateral and multilateral aspects towards sustainable development and joint settlement of global issues.Chancellor Scholz affirmed that Germany attaches importance to Viet Nam' position and role in its Indo-Pacific strategy and supports the strong promotion of the traditional relations and cooperation.The two leaders expressed their delight at the progress in the bilateral relations despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts as seen in frequent meetings between senior leaders of Viet Nam and Germany; the vigorous growth in bilateral investment and trade, which has turned Viet Nam into the largest trading partner of Germany in Southeast Asia; and the recent signing of cooperation documents on defence, energy transition, and labour. They also highly valued bilateral collaboration in COVID-19 prevention and control.Pham thanked the German Government and people for their donation of COVID-19 vaccine, which have helped Viet Nam contain the pandemic, reopen borders, and recover the economy early. Meanwhile, Chancellor Scholz noted he was impressed with Viet Nam's recovery and dynamic economic development.Regarding major directions and measures to comprehensively foster the bilateral cooperation, the two sides agreed to increase the exchange of visits at all levels and through all channels such as the Parties, States, Governments, and parliaments while continuing to effectively carry out bilateral cooperation mechanisms.They promised to encourage Vietnamese and German agencies and enterprises to continue fully and effectively implementing the EU - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).Prime Minister Pham proposed the German parliament to soon complete the ratification of the EU - Viet am Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA); encourage German businesses to make and expand investment in Viet Nam, especially in the fields matching their strength such as digital transformation, renewable energy, and strategic infrastructure development; prompt the European Commission to remove its “yellow card” warning against Vietnamese aquatic products; and create favourable conditions for Viet Nam's agricultural and aquatic exports to the German market.For his part, Chancellor Scholz noted the EVFTA is an important impulse for bilateral economic and trade links. He called on both countries to continue diversifying their economic relations and voiced his hope for the early ratification of the EVIPA.He applauded Viet Nam’s efforts to achieve a sustainable fishery sector, stressing that German enterprises are paying increasing attention to Viet N, which boasts political stability and an optimal investment and business environment, especially in such areas as renewable energy, manufacturing industry, and infrastructure development.Both host and guest agreed to expand the bilateral cooperation to other important spheres like science - technology, defence - security, health care - education, vocational training and labour.Viet Nam and Germany will step up coordination to jointly address global challenges such as food security and climate change response, and work with the G7 nations so that the parties concerned will soon reach consensus on a political declaration on the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) on the basis of guaranteeing harmonious interests, they said.Prime Minister Pham suggested the German Government to continue assisting and providing favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to integrate successfully into the local society and contribute to Germany’s socio-economic development as well as the bilateral ties.At the talks, the two leaders also discussed regional and international issues of common concern.They affirmed that Viet Nam and Germany will continue close coordination and mutual support at international forums and organisations, especially in promoting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s relations with Germany and the EU, and strengthening bilateral cooperation within the framework of the Asia - Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the United Nations.The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of ensuring peace, stability, security, safety, and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea, and peacefully resolving disputes in accordance with international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).Following the talks, the two leaders met with the press to inform about the main outcomes of their talks./.