Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc welcomes Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria Ingrid Alice Désiree in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc welcomed Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria Ingrid Alice Désiree in Hà Nội yesterday, affirming that her official visit to Việt Nam is of significance in the context of the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties.
He told the guest that Việt Nam always remembers Sweden’s valuable and effective support for its causes of socio-economic development and poverty reduction, thus helping it fulfil many Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations ahead of schedule.
He said he was delighted on hearing that two-way trade surpassed US$1.5 billion last year and Swedish investors are currently involved in 67 projects totalling $370 million in Việt Nam.
However, the figures are still quite modest and yet to match the full bilateral potential, he stressed.
The Vietnamese Government is working to complete institutions and create the most favourable conditions for foreign investors, including those from Sweden, he said.
He also expressed his hope that the Swedish Royal Family and government will help to speed up the early signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) before late June 2019 to create a breakthrough for bilateral trade and economic ties.
Crown Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Désiree said that the Swedish enterprises accompanying her want to foster stronger collaborations with Vietnamese partners.
Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde stated that Sweden considers issues related to free trade agreements as highly significant. Therefore, the country will work towards the early signing and ratification of the EVFTA, she noted. — VNS