|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg review the guard of honour yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg have agreed to back their enter prises and investors to explore collaboration opportunities, especially in maritime business, seafood, energy, information technology and green growth.
During talks in Ha Noi yesterday, the two agreed that Viet Nam and Norway should increase the exchange of delegations to boost the efficiency of political dialogue, while enhancing security-defence ties.
They agreed to conclude negotiations on a free-trade agreement between Viet Nam and the European Union in 2015 to create a framework for the expansion of bilateral trade and investment.
Both sides expressed delight at growing relations, especially in politics, economy, development, education and culture.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung thanked the Norwegian Government for ODA aid over the years, particularly for the environment, education, gender equality, health care, and bomb and mine clearance.
The Norwegian PM praised Viet Nam's completion of many United Nations' Millennium Development Goals ahead of schedule, saying that she would assist Viet Nam in fulfilling the remaining targets as well as building post-2015 sustainable development goals.
She welcomed the sharing of Viet Nam's experience in tripartite co-operation projects funded by Norway with developing countries.
The two leaders also agreed to foster connectivity among universities and research centres, especially in science-technology, oil and gas, energy, fishery, agriculture, environment and natural resource management.
Both sides pledged to continue close co-ordination at multilateral forums and international organisations, especially the United Nations and the Asia-Europe Meeting.
Viet Nam said it welcomed Norway's efforts to enhance collaboration with ASEAN, particularly in boosting connectivity, narrowing the development gap, as well as responding to maritime security and climate change.
They also shared concern about recent complicated developments in the East Sea, highlighting the need to settle all disputes through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, the UN Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
They stressed the significance of speeding up the building of a binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), taking it as an effective tool to ensure peace, stability as well as security, safety and freedom of trade, maritime and aviation in the East Sea.
President hails Norway
President Truong Tan Sang yesterday welcomed Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Ha Noi.
He also lauded the support Norway has given to Viet Nam in national construction, socio-economic development and international integration.
He said the two governments should facilitate linkages between business communities of both countries and push for an early conclusion to negotiations for the free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the European Union.
The two governments should also continue to make full use of dialogue and political and diplomatic consultative mechanisms and maintain close co-ordination at multilateral forums, the President said.
PM Erna Solberg said Norway wished to deepen co-operation with Viet Nam, particularly in investment and trade.
Loberg also met with National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung yesterday.
The Norwegian leader suggested that the parliaments of the two countries increase co-operation towards strengthening joint-programmes, especially in marine economy and energy.
Norway is ready to work with Viet Nam in maritime transportation, fisheries and ship building, which are its strengths, she said. — VNS