|Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. — Photo VGP
SINGAPORE (VNS) — Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday expressed pleasure in the flourishing strategic partnership between both nations.
Phuc appreciated the island nation's continued support to Viet Nam in training central and local officials under an agreement signed in 2012.
He also asked Singapore to encourage its businesses as well as Singapore-based multinational firms to invest in key areas like infrastructure, manufacturing, advanced technology, accommodation and tourism services, support industries, energy and petro-chemistry.
Phuc said he hoped Singapore would intensify co-operation with Vietnamese localities and help Viet Nam develop special economic and tourism zones on Phu Quoc and Ly Son islands.
Lee praised effective economic co-operation between the two countries, highlighting the presence of Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIP) in several localities.
He urged both sides to work actively and complete procedures for the sixth and seventh VSIPs in 2015. These facilities would be magnets for foreign investments in Viet Nam, he said.
He said education and training was a key collaborative area between the countries. Singapore was willing to provide technical assistance for human resource development in Viet Nam under bilateral and ASEAN frameworks, he added.
Lee welcomed the upcoming visit by his Vietnamese counterpart PM Nguyen Tan Dung, who will attend Singapore's 50th National Day (August 9) celebrations,
Singaporean Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean would also visit Viet Nam later this year, he said
On regional and global issues, the two leaders shared the view that peace, security and safety of navigation and aviation in the East Sea are in the common interest of ASEAN members.
They agreed that the bloc needed to be united in resolving issues, especially in promoting peaceful settlement of disputes in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, full adherence to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and the issuance of an East Sea code of conduct.
Also yesterday, Phuc met with Singaporean Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, and praised growing cultural and people-to-people co-operation between the two countries.
He said Viet Nam and Singapore should continue strengthening ties in social welfare policy-making and in preventing social crimes.
Phuc and his Singaporean counterpart Teo Chee Hean agreed on Monday to increase exchange visits at all levels to ensure that the momentum of the strategic partnership is kept going.
Teo spoke highly of Viet Nam's standing in the region as well as its achievements in national development, including a growth rate of 5-6 per cent amidst a sluggish global economy.
The two leaders called for closer affiliations between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Singaporean National Security Coordination Secretariat.
They agreed to maintain dialogues and information exchange on regional and international security situations.
Singapore has pledged more aid towards improving Vietnamese officers' English language skills and training soldiers' for peace-keeping missions abroad. — VNS