NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (front row, fourth right) and Indian lower house speaker Om Birla at the talks in New Delhi on December 16 .VNA Photo Doãn Tấn
NEW DELHI - National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ held talks with Speaker of the Lok Sabha (House of Representatives) of India Om Birla on Thursday during his official visit to India.
At the talks, the Indian lower house leader hailed the significance of NA Chairman Huệ’s visit as the two countries mark the 50th anniversary of their friendship and five years of their comprehensive strategic partnership.
He said the visit provided an opportunity for high-ranking leaders of the two countries to discuss measures to further deepen their multi-faceted relations.
He affirmed that Việt Nam had a leading important role in India’s Act East Policy, and was a key partner in the Indo-Pacific vision of India.
The Vietnamese NA Chairman affirmed that Việt Nam always considers India a reliable close friend, and expressed his joy at the strong development of the five-year comprehensive strategic partnership in all fields, particularly politics-diplomacy, defence-security, trade, culture and people-to-people exchange.
He proposed that the two countries continue to work closely together to implement the plan of actions for 2021-2023, thus bringing practical benefits to the Governments and people of both countries.
Huệ took the occasion to thank India for its valuable support for Việt Nam in the COVID-19 fight, particularly the provision of medical supplies during the fourth wave of the pandemic in Việt Nam. He asked India to continue cooperating with Việt Nam in transferring vaccine production technology.
The NA Chairman welcomed Indian enterprises’ investment in Việt Nam in fields of India’s strength such as manufacturing-processing, automobile support industry, information and communication technology, and energy and renewable energy.
He suggested that the law-making bodies of both countries bring into full play their role in promoting bilateral ties, and enhance cooperation and experience sharing in building institutions and fine-tuning the legal system. He informed the host that the 15th National Assembly of Việt Nam had established a Vietnam-India Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group.
The two legislative leaders agreed to coordinate to well organise practical and meaningful activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relationship in 2022.
They assessed that defence-security cooperation continued to be among important pillars of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, which reflected the high level of trust between the two countries.
They showed joy at the rapid growth of bilateral trade at nearly 20 per cent a year over the past five years to top US$12 billion this year, towards the goal of $15 billion a year. They agreed to expand cooperation in such fields as energy, science-technology, sustainable development, green economy and climate change response.
The two sides shared the need to early resume direct air services between the two countries and recognise each other’s vaccine passports in order to enhance exchanges between their people. They discussed measures to strengthen ties in culture, tourism, people to people exchange, natural resources and the environment, justice and finance.
The two legislative leaders showed delight at the close coordination and mutual support between the two countries at regional and international forums, UN agencies, the Non-aligned Movement and the UN Security Council, especially in 2021 when both countries are non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.
They affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, and maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea, while reiterating support for promoting dialogue, trust building, self-restraint, and the settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
They also proposed increasing cooperative activities between the two parliaments in both bilateral framework and multilateral forums.
NA Chairman Huệ invited the Speaker of the Lok Sabha of India to visit Việt Nam at a convenient time, and the latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.
Earlier the same day, NA Chairman Huệ and the Vietnamese NA delegation visited the Parliament House and the Ho Chi Minh Marg in New Delhi. They also laid flowers in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat Memorial.
NA Chairman receives leaders of India’s major groups
Chairman Huệ received leaders of major Indian groups as part of his official visit to the South Asian nation.
At a reception for Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO of HCL Corporation and Chairperson of HCL Technologies – one of the three biggest tech firms in India, Huệ expressed his support for the company’s business activities in Việt Nam.
Việt Nam has devised a strategy on developing a digital government, digital economy and digital society, with the digital economy expected to contribute 12 per cent of the nation's GDP, he said, noting that workforce in this field, therefore, played a significant role.
Roshni said HCL was expanding its presence in Asia-Pacific, and Việt Nam was a promising market with a skilled workforce. She also expressed her hope that the two sides would engage in potential cooperation in the time ahead.
Receiving Suchitra Ella, Joint Managing Director of Bharat Biotech - a pioneering biotechnology company known for its world-class R&D and manufacturing capabilities, Huệ welcomed the cooperation plan between the Indian firm and its Vietnamese partners.
The Vietnamese legislature had issued a resolution allowing the Government to take a number of special measures to meet the requirements of COVID-19 prevention and control, he said.
The NA Standing Committee is also considering and will soon issue another resolution that gives the green-light to the Government to roll out a number of specific mechanisms and policies in the health sector, including those relating to medical supplies and COVID-19 treatment drugs.
This would be an opportunity for Bharat Biotech to research, expand cooperation, and transfer vaccine production technology to Vietnamese partners, Huệ said.
He emphasised that Việt Nam encouraged and supported foreign businesses to operate and expand cooperation in the research and production of medical supplies and biological products for COVID-19 diagnosis, as well as treatment drugs and vaccines.
Việt Nam would support and create the best possible conditions for foreign firms to do long-term business in the country, he pledged.
At the end of the meeting, Ella presented 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnamese children.
Huệ also had a meeting with billionaire Prakash Hinduja, chairman of Hinduja Group in Europe – one of the biggest family businesses globally - during which the billionaire said his group was studying the market and considering building an assembly factory in Việt Nam, for both commercial and military vehicles.
The group was also exploring investment opportunities in the fields of financial services, banking, automobiles, IT, electricity, renewable energy and cybersecurity, he added.
The Vietnamese leader suggested the group establish a representative office in Việt Nam in preparation for its first projects in the Southeast Asian nation. — VNS/VNA