|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit and Chief Minister of Australia's Northern Territory Adam Giles yesterday.
During talks with Wowereit, Dung affirmed that Viet Nam attached much importance to fostering its strategic partnership ties with Germany, which could bring practical benefits to both sides.
He asked the two countries to continue closely joining hands to implement efficiency projects that their leaders had agreed on, while boosting co-operation in trade, investment and education and training between Viet Nam and Germany, particularly Berlin.
Thanking the German Government for providing US$1.5 billion in ODA capital, Dung said Viet Nam had used the financial support efficiently and hoped that Germany would maintain this assistance.
He also hoped Germany's government would continue creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese expatriates to integrate into the host country, contributing more actively to the development of the country and the relationship between the two countries.
Hailing Viet Nam's economic transformation from a centrally planned economy to one that operates by market mechanisms, Wowereit expressed pleasure at the development of bilateral ties after two years of strategic partnership.
The two sides realised many important agreements such as the Germany House in HCM City, Viet Nam-Germany University and a metro project in HCM City. Germany plans to organise an Asia-Pacific conference on the German economy in HCM City next year.
Wowereit and Prime Minister Dung discussed their experiences with the transformation from state-run to market economies as well as measures to overcome challenges that arose during the process.
Earlier in the day, Wowereit had a work meeting with Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen The Thao.
Thao called on the two sides to join hands in handling traffic-related issues and co-operate in human resources development, administrative reform and public education.
Ha Noi would dispatch experts to Berlin to learn from the city's experience in hydrology in order to revive the polluted To Lich River, he said.
The city has met a range of difficulties in investment and infrastructure development due to a large number of immigrants from other provinces, he added, saying the influx resulted in traffic jams, environmental pollution and overcrowded schools and hospitals.
The mayor pledged that Berlin would send experts to Ha Noi to help the city with solid waste treatment and traffic and urban planning issues and stood ready to sign co-operative agreements with the city in these fields.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives Chief Minister of Australia's Northern Territory Adam Giles yesterday in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Welcoming Giles, Dung proposed the two countries increase exchanges of delegations at all levels to strengthen bilateral economic, trade and investment ties.
He affirmed Viet Nam would help Australian enterprises conduct long-term business in the country.
Dung also suggested the two sides boost co-operation in education-training, science-technology, employment, tourism and national defence, saying that he hoped Australia would continue providing ODA capital to Viet Nam.
Giles affirmed that Australia considered Viet Nam an important partner in Asia and wished to increase co-operation in minerals, energy and food processing.
The Northern Territory welcomed Vietnamese entrepreneurs to Australia, he added, saying the region was home to a large number of Vietnamese people learning, living and doing business. They always abided by the laws of the host country and made positive contributions to its socio-economic development. — VNS