08:22 | 18/09/2017 MUTRAP Corner
On September 14, at the Government Office in Hanoi, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held a reception for Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) Bernd Lange and the INTA delegation who is on a working visit to Vietnam.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Chair of the INTA Bernd Lange - Photo: VGP|
During their meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) Bernd Lange discussed the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed the visit of INTA delegation at this important moment when the EVFTA is in its final stage of legal review, and will be signed and ratified soon.
The PM told his guest that Vietnam regards the European Union (EU) as one of its most important partners and wants to step up comprehensive cooperation with the EU especially as the two sides’ trade and investment ties are growing productively with encouraging outcomes.
PM Phuc stated that Vietnam always wishes to further promote cooperation with the EU. The upcoming signing of the EVFTA will be a crucial milestone, lifting the two sides’ relations to new heights, as the agreement is believed to benefit businesses and the people.
The PM affirmed Vietnam always listens sincerely to every opinion raised by European businesses, expressing his gratitude to the EU for its efforts to push towards the signing of the agreement and asking the INTA and Chair Bernd Lange to do more for the signing to take place soon.
On that basis, he asserted that Vietnam has given top priority to screening its legal system in service of the signing and ratification of the agreement, reflected in the close cooperation between its negotiators, ministries and sectors with the EU in the process.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives the INTA delegation - Photo: VGP|
For his part, NTA Chair Bernd Lange stated his willingness to support Vietnam in trade issues. Regarding the EVFTA, he said that the EU is making efforts to complete the EVFTA before the summer of 2018 and he himself, supports and wishes for the agreement to be signed soon.
He expressed his hope that the two sides would finalise final steps of the EVFTA in the spring of 2018 and believed that with the good partnership, both sides would overcome all hurdles and ratify the agreement in 2018.