08:21 | 17/01/2017 MUTRAP Corner
On January 11 in Hanoi, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received Minister of State at Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as the guest was going to sign of a framework agreement on credit cooperation between the Vietnamese and Hungarian Government.
At the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh commented that the signing of a framework agreement on credit cooperation between the Vietnamese and Hungarian Governments is an important landmark in the two countries’ diplomatic activities this year.
Minh noted that he highly valued the two Governments’ efforts in speeding up the finalisation of this agreement, which is worth EUR440 million.
The Vietnamese Foreign Minister added the deal is a good preparation for an official visit to Vietnam slated for April by Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán. With this framework agreement, the two sides will implement many cooperation projects in the spheres of Hungary’s strength and Vietnam’s demand such as water resources management, wastewater treatment, information technology, cyber security and health care, he noted.
He also spoke highly of cooperation mechanisms at all levels between the two countries, adding that a vice speaker of Hungary’s parliament will visit Vietnam in mid-January and his country also is ready to welcome the Hungarian Prime Minister this April.
Regarding eoconomic cooperation, he added bilateral trade remains low and is yet to match the countries’ potential and expectations. Hence, it is necessary to review the implementation of the minutes of the sixth session of their joint committee on economic cooperation so as to design new cooperation programmes in preparation for the seventh session, scheduled for March in Hungary.
Both officials also acknowledged the role of Vietnamese people who were trained in Hungary in bolstering bilateral ties and mutual understanding.