Viet Nam News
THE HAGUE — Việt Nam wants to enhance all-around cooperation with the Netherlands, especially in climate change adaptation, water management, high-tech and sustainable agriculture, oil and gas industry, logistics and seaport services, said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
The Vietnamese Government leader made the statement at a meeting with President of the Senate Ankie Broekers-Knol and Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib of the Netherlands in The Hague on Tuesday.
He spoke highly of experience and strength of the Netherlands in the above-mentioned fields and hoped the Dutch legislative bodies continue supporting and promoting the implementation of cooperative programmes between the two nations in the framework of the strategic partnership agreements on climate change adaptation and water management; and on sustainable agriculture and food security.
The PM informed that Việt Nam was giving priority to reforming and perfecting its economic institution, renovating growth model, promoting scientific and technological applications, and improving both human resources and competitiveness of the national economy.
He asked the Dutch law-making bodies to work to strengthen and support trade and investment links between the two countries, push for the early signing and approval of the EU – Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement, and consider establishing the Netherlands – Việt Nam Friendship Parliamentarian Group towards expanding legislative cooperation.
The Dutch parliamentarians described PM Phúc’s visit to their country as an important milestone in the cooperative ties between the two nations, and highlighted comprehensive results in the Việt Nam-Netherlands multi-faceted relations in recent time.
Khadija Arib stressed the great potential to further boost the bilateral ties, saying that the two nations needed to create more favourable conditions for their enterprises to promote links, thus fully tapping strengths of the two economies.
She affirmed that the Netherlands was willing to share experience and foster cooperation with Việt Nam in the fields of its strengths such as water management, sea level rise and climate change adaptation, dyke construction, shipbuilding, logistics and seaport services.
The two sides agreed to enhance exchange of visits, especially between parliament committees, to foster experience sharing in law making and supervision.
They expressed their belief that the cooperation between the Vietnamese NA and the Dutch legislative bodies would be stronger in the future, contributing to stepping up the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two nations.
Later the same day, PM Phúc left Amsterdam for Việt Nam, wrapping up his four-day official visit to the Netherlands from July 8. — VNS