Vietnam promotes cooperation with Belarus, the Netherlands in various fields

08:45 | 30/03/2017 MUTRAP Corner

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has affirmed that Vietnam, Belarus and the Netherlands should cooperate closely to further strengthen ties between the relevant sides.

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung receives Belarusian Ambassador to Vietnam Vladimir Goshin in Hanoi on March 28 (Credit: VGP)

The government official held separate receptions for the ambassadors of Belarus and the Netherlands in Hanoi on March 28.

Receiving Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster at the Government House yesterday, Deputy PM Dung confirmed that the Netherlands is a role model for Vietnam to learn from and share experiences with in coping with climate change, water management and high-tech agricultural development.

Highly praising the development of Vietnam-Netherlands relations in many fields in recent years, the host stressed that the strategic partnership agreement on climate change adaptation and water management signed in 2010, as well as the one on sustainable agriculture and energy security reached in 2014 were role models in bilateral relations of both countries, which have much in common.

According to the Vietnamese government official, climate change adaptation, water resources protection and sustainable agricultural development are priorities for Vietnam’s development. Meanwhile, the Netherlands is a world leader in these fields, affirming that the Government of Vietnam considers the Netherlands a model for learning and cooperation in adaptation to climate change, water resources protection, restructuring agricultural production, rural economic development and building a modern countryside.

In next April, Deputy PM Dung will lead a high-level delegation of the Vietnamese Government to attend the sixth session of the Vietnam-Netherlands Inter-Governmental Committee on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management in the Netherlands. He said that the visit would be a good opportunity for the two sides to look at the results of past cooperation and exchange experiences and solutions to increase the effectiveness of cooperation between the two in special fields. The visit is also an opportunity for both sides to discuss more issues of common concern, such as seaport management and development and hi-tech agricultural development.

For her part, Dutch Ambassador Nienke Trooster said that cooperation between the two countries in the fields of adaptation to climate change, water management and hi-tech agriculture are developing very well, especially the Mekong Delta Development Plan (MDP), which is being supported by the Netherlands and is currently being implemented in an effective way with active support from localities and foreign partners, contributing to helping the Mekong Delta region adapt to climate change and strengthen regional links.

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung receives Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster in Hanoi on March 28 (Credit: VGP)

The diplomat affirmed that the Netherlands is committed to working closely with Vietnam, making the two countries' cooperation a model for other countries to follow in responding to climate change.

Meanwhile, in the reception for the Belarusian ambassador, Deputy PM Dung expressed his pleasure upon seeing the fine development in political and diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Belarus, saying that the two sides have regularly exchanged high-level delegations, thereby promoting the traditional friendship between the two countries and peoples.

Deputy PM Dung said that to realise agreements between the two countries’ leaders and further develop their traditional friendship, the two sides needed to step up their activities in all fields, especially economic/trade/investment cooperation.

He suggested the two to work more closely to effectively implement the free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union, in which both countries are members of the FTA, while deploying specific investment projects to promote the potential and advantages of each country soon.

He also proposed that Belarus create favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to export rice to Belarus soon under the provisions of the Vietnam-Eurasia Economic Union FTA.

For his part, Belarusian Ambassador Vladimir Goshin affirmed that his country considers the relationship with Vietnam a special and significant one, identifying the Southeast Asian nation as an important gateway to access the rich potential of the ASEAN market.

He informed that the two countries are finalising the final preparations for the early implementation of a protocol between the two governments on supporting the production of motorised vehicles in Vietnam.

Under this protocol, the Belarusian automobile maker Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ) will jointly set up a joint venture with Vietnamese partners to manufacture and assemble automobiles and trucks with ten or more seats in Vietnam in line with the host’s automobile industry development strategy for 2020 with a vision to 2030.

Accordingly, the Belarusian side pledges to assure a localisation rate for made-in-Vietnam vehicles of 40% by 2020 and 60% by 2026. In addition to the domestic market, the joint venture also aims to export to ASEAN countries.