PM hails German states’ role in developing Viet Nam-Germany ties

14:38 | 06/07/2017 Cooperation

On July 5th, during meetings with leaders of the Rheinland-Pfalz and Hessen states in Germany, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed the important roles played by the states in developing Vietnam-Germany ties.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister-President of Rheinland-Pfalz state Malu Dreyer - Photo: VGP

Within the framework of his visit to Germany and attending the G20 Summit in Hamburg, on July 5th, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived at Mainz City of Rheinland-Pfalz state, where he had a working session with Minister-President of Rheinland-Pfalz state Malu Dreyer.

During the working session, the PM urged the German parliament to support the establishment of the Germany-Việt Nam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group to strengthen friendship and co-operation between the two legislatures.

He lauded the state’s economic strengths in tourism, information technology, chemicals and wine production, and suggested exploring collaboration in workforce development, particularly training Vietnamese nurses in hospitals and medical stations in the state.

Dreyer, also President of the German Federal Council, hoped that new business opportunities would open up via the visit.

During a working session with Rheinland-Pfalz state Deputy Minister-President and Minister for Economic Affairs, Transportation, Agriculture and Viniculture Volker Wissing, Phúc affirmed that economic links were a pillar in bilateral ties and there remains room for bilateral economic, trade and investment ties being enhanced.

The Vietnamese Government was ready to offer favourable conditions to German firms in Việt Nam, contributing to deepening the bilateral strategic partnership, he said.

German corporations such as Boehringer Ingelheim, BASF and Hornbach also expressed interest in doing business in Việt Nam.

Rheinland-Pfalz is home to more than 4 million people. Its major economies include tourism, industry, agriculture and forestry. With six viniculture areas, the state is also the leading wine producer in the country.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister-President of Hessen state Volker Bouffier - Photo: VGP

Later, right after the visit to Rheinland-Pfalz, the Vietnamese PM visited and had working session in Hessen state.

Here during a working session with Minister-President of the state Volker Bouffier, the PM asked the state’s authorities to continue encouraging local firms to do long-term business in Việt Nam and provide support for Vietnamese enterprises operating in Hessen such as Vietinbank and FPT. The Vietnamese government always supports and creates favourable conditions for firms from Germany in general and Hessen in particular to invest and do long-term business in the country, he said.

Regarding education-training, the Vietnamese leader spoke highly of the Việt Nam-Germany University (VGU) project and urged Hessen to assist Việt Nam in implementing the next stages of the project, especially in providing curricula to train Vietnamese lecturers for the university.

For his part, Bouffier described the VGU project as a typical model of the strategic partnership between Việt Nam and Germany. He praised academic results of Vietnamese students, believing that they would contribute to Việt Nam’s development and global integration.

The Minister-President expressed his wish to work closely with Việt Nam in the fields of the state’s strength such as education-training, chemicals and mechanical engineering.

In another meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Hessen state Norbert Kartmann, PM Phuc appreciated the support of the state’s leaders and parliamentarians in developing relations between Việt Nam and Germany in general, and between Việt Nam and Hessen state in particular.

He asked the leaders and parliamentarians of Hessen to strengthen cooperation between the State Parliament, the Vietnamese National Assembly and People’s Councils of major cities such as Hà Nội, HCM City and central Da Nang City, in sharing experience in building a State of law, making laws, managing public investment, public-private partnership, e-commerce and urban management.

Kartmann said there is great potential for enterprises of Hessen to invest in Việt Nam, revealing that a number of Hessen companies have effectively operated in Việt Nam.

Hessen would further contribute to promoting the Strategic Partnership between the two nations, he affirmed.

Located in central Germany, Hessen state is one of the country’s largest economic hubs and Europe’s strong development areas. The state is known for chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, manufacturing, auto production and engineering. Frankfurt, the state’s largest city and financial hub, is home to headquarters of the European Central Bank, Germany central bank – Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, and branches of over 400 foreign banks.

Later on the same day, PM Phúc left Hessen for Berlin, continuing activities within the framework of his four-day visit to Germany.

Nam Hai