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PM Dung welcomes strategic partnership efforts with France

Update: September, 26/2013 - 08:54
French President Francois Hollande (left) meets Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Paris yesterday. — VNA/VNS Duc Tam
PARIS (VNS)— The Viet Nam-France strategic partnership will require both sides' great efforts in implementation in order to produce substantial results and serve the two countries' interests, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during talks with his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, in Paris yesterday.

"The partnership is not only a destination, but also a new start with many opportunities and prosperity for co-operation, both bilaterally and multilaterally," Dung said.

In this spirit, the PM proposed that the French side facilitate the entry of Viet Nam's goods into France and encourage credit organisations to take part in banking system restructuring and electricity, electronics, telecom and renewable energy projects in Viet Nam.

He suggested France give ODA priority to urban technical infrastructure development, clean energy, vocational training, agricultural production, bio-diversity preservation and environmental protection projects.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault welcomed Dung's visit to France, saying that this is an important milestone in promoting friendship and co-operation between the two countries.

He spoke highly of Viet Nam's socio-economic development achievements, particularly efforts to surmount the economic crisis.

The French PM hailed Viet Nam's increasing position in the international arena, especially the key role in the ASEAN Community-building process.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

Both prime ministers agreed to strengthen contacts and exchange of high-level delegations through bilateral visits or meetings on the sidelines of international conferences in the time to come.

Both sides reached consensus on enhancing co-operation and support for each other in participating in international organisations.

The French side pledged continued support for Viet Nam's effort in promoting comprehensive co-operation with the European Union, particularly on economics and trade.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the French side supported Viet Nam's consistent stance of solving disputes in the East Sea through peaceful measures, based on respect for international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, strictly implementing the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and building the Code of the Conduct in the East Sea (COC) as early as possible.

After the talks, the two prime ministers signed a joint statement on the strategic partnership between Viet Nam and France and witnessed the signing of a number of co-operation documents between the two countries.

Investment call

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had talks with France's leading economic groups in Paris. He affirmed that the Vietnamese Government always encourages and creates favourable conditions for investors to participate in carrying out transport infrastructure projects using official development assistance.—VNA/VNS Photo

Also yesterday, the PM had talks with France's leading economic groups in Paris, for which he said Viet Nam wishes and stands ready to boost co-operation and investment with France in the fields of their advantages.

This was the first time such a large-scale event was held, aimed at opening up opportunities for both countries to develop.

Addressing the function, Dung said he believed that together with the development of the two countries' bilateral relations, French businesses and investors will find business opportunities in Viet Nam and become an important part of the country's development.

He also said he hopes that made-in-Viet Nam goods would be introduced in many places, not only in France, but also other countries in and outside Europe.

Regarding Viet Nam's energy development strategy, the PM said the government has issued many policies and mechanisms to ensure energy security to serve socio-economic development.

One of the country's priorities was to diversify energy sources, including developing renewable energy, bio-energy and nuclear power while importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to ensure gas supply, and encouraging overseas investment in coal and gas.

Dung also said that the Vietnamese Government has planned to develop retail systems to 2020 with a vision to 2030.

By the end of 2012, Viet Nam had only 700 supermarkets of all kinds in 60 out of the 63 cities and provinces, and 120 shopping centres in 40 localities.

This was a good chance for investors to do business in distribution service in Viet Nam, he said.

The leader also affirmed that the Vietnamese Government always encourages and creates favourable conditions for investors to participate in carrying out transport infrastructure projects using official development assistance.

Strategic partnership

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered a speech at the French International Relations Institute in Paris. He stressed that the strategic partnership reflected the maturity of the multi-sector relations at all levels between the two countries and was set to heighten comprehensive co-operation in the fields of politics-diplomacy, economics, culture, science and technology, and defence and security.—VNA/VNS Photo

On Tuesday, Dung delivered a speech at the French International Relations Institute in Paris, during which he said that the Viet Nam-France strategic partnership would facilitate Asia-Europe development.

This would contribute to the co-operation between the two continents through the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting and the ASEAN-EU dialogue, he noted.

The PM further said that building strategic trust between partner countries was necessary to strengthen the broader trust between Asia and Europe.

"Therefore, the strategic partnership between Viet Nam and France, constructed based on mutual trust and shared cultural and human values, should be brought into full play so that it could contribute to creating an environment of peace, co-operation and development in both continents."

Through this partnership, the two countries could work together to prevent opportunistic intervention, inequality and behaviours contrary to international law, the PM said.

He stressed that the strategic partnership reflected the maturity of the multi-sector relations at all levels between the two countries and was set to heighten comprehensive co-operation in the fields of politics-diplomacy, economics, culture, science and technology, and defence and security.

Viet Nam always attached great importance to its partnership with France, as it was the first European country to support Viet Nam's renewal process and the beginning of its international integration in the 1990s, the PM declared.

He added that since the establishment of their diplomatic ties 40 years ago, the two countries had signed many mutually beneficial agreements and worked well together at regional, inter-regional and global multilateral forums.

He noted that the two sides share a responsibility to further bolster their bilateral relations in many areas so as to benefit both of their peoples. — VNS

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