PM meets Dutch top legislators, concluding Netherlands visit

16:20 | 12/07/2017 Events

Vietnam wishes to enhance their all-around cooperation with the Netherlands, especially in the fields of climate change adaptation, water management, high-tech and sustainable agriculture, oil and gas industry, logistics and seaport services, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a meeting with President of the Senate Ankie Broekers-Knol and Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on July 11 - Credit: VNA

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, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on July 11.

He spoke highly of the experience and strength of the Netherlands in the above-mentioned fields and hopes that the Dutch legislative bodies will continue to support and promote the implementation of cooperative programmes between the two nations, within the framework of the strategic partnership agreements on climate change adaptation and water management; and on sustainable agriculture and food security.

The PM informed those present that Vietnam is giving priority to reforming and perfecting its economic institution, renovating its growth model, promoting scientific and technological applications, and improving both human resources and the competitiveness of the national economy.

He asked the Dutch law-making bodies to work on strengthening and supporting trade and investment links between the two countries, while pushing for the early signing and approval of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, and to consider establishing the Netherlands-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarian Group, towards expanding legislative cooperation.

The Dutch parliamentarians described PM Phuc’s visit to their country as an important milestone in the cooperative ties between the two nations, and highlighted the comprehensive results in the multi-faceted Vietnam-Netherlands relationship in recent times.

Khadija Arib stressed the great potential to further boost the bilateral ties, saying that the two nations need to create more favourable conditions for their enterprises to promote links, thus fully tapping the strengths of the two economies.

She affirmed that the Netherlands is willing to share experience and foster cooperation with Vietnam in the fields of its strengths such as water management, sea level rise and climate change adaptation, dyke construction, ship building, logistics and seaport services.

The two sides agreed to enhance the 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 will be stronger in the future, contributing to stepping up the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two nations.

Later the same day, PM Phuc left Amsterdam for Vietnam, wrapping up his official four-day visit to the Netherlands.

Theo NDO/VNA