HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and the Netherlands will forge co-operation in five priority areas - climate change and water management, agriculture, energy, maritime economics and logistics.
The affirmation was made in a meeting between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Viet Nam's Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, who is visiting the Netherlands from November 26-30.
During the meeting, Rutte applauded the socio-economic development of Viet Nam, praising the country's efforts to reduce poverty, intensify international integration and weather the global financial and economic recession.
He highly valued Viet Nam's role in the region, particularly in ASEAN. He expressed his belief that the country, as a coordinator between ASEAN and the EU, will contribute significantly to strengthening links between the two associations, as well as between the EU and Viet Nam.
Holland plans to accelerate the ratification of the signed partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) between Viet Nam and the EU and foster the development of a Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement (FTA).
For his part, Hai thanked the Dutch Government for providing development aid to Viet Nam over the past years and expressed hope that Holland will continue supporting the country in infrastructure development and education.
He also took the occasion to convey Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's invitation for Rutte to visit Viet Nam, which Rutte accepted with pleasure.
Expressing delight at their relationship's positive development in all fields, the two sides agreed to strengthen delegation exchanges at all levels and coordinate closely to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 2013.
They also agreed to create favourable conditions for businesses from both countries to invest in each other's markets.
While in Holland, Hai will meet the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Infrastructure and Environment and the Mayors of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
He will also co-chair the second meeting of the Viet Nam-Holland inter-government committee in response to climate change and water management, attend a CEOs' round table meeting, visit several prominent businesses and make fact-finding tours of economic establishments. — VNS