PM requests more ODA from France
HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has suggested France increase official development assistance (ODA) for Viet Nam and improve relations between the two countries, especially in defence and security.
At a reception for visiting French Minister of Labour Michel Sapin in Ha Noi yesterday, the Prime Minister thanked France for its ODA to Viet Nam in vocational training.
He expressed his wish that the French Government join Viet Nam's efforts to develop bilateral co-operation, especially in the areas of economics, trade, investment, education and training, science and technology.
The two sides should collaborate to plan celebrations for the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Viet Nam and France in 2013 and strengthen co-ordination at international forums, he said.
Dung took the occasion to invite French President Francois Hollande to visit Viet Nam next year.
Sapin, who is in Viet Nam to attend the 4th ASEM Labour and Employment Ministers' Conference, affirmed that the French Government wanted to promote co-operation with Viet Nam in all aspects. — VNS