Vietnam signs MoU on civil aviation cooperation with Netherlands

09:27 | 29/10/2016 Cooperation

(VEN) - On October 24th in Hanoi, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat received Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade of the Netherlands Marten van den Berg and attended the signing of a MoU on cooperation on civil aviation between the two countries.

vietnam signs mou on civil aviation cooperation with netherlands
Delegates join in a group photo at the signing ceremony

The MoU was signed by representatives from the Vietnam Civil Aviation Administration and the Netherlands in the presence of Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat, Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade of the Netherlands Marten van den Berg and Ambassador of the Netherlands in Vietnam Nienke Trooster, and is expected to open up opportunities for collaboration, investment and business in the field as well as in other branches of transport

The Ministry of Transport welcomed Dutch firms participating and investing in the international airport and continuing to support Vietnam in training aviation personnel, including flight control and State management in civil aviation.

Deputy Minister Nhat said Vietnam was among the seven countries with the fastest pace of aviation development in the world and that the potential for the development of aviation in Vietnam was enormous. The transport official informed the Dutch side of the Government of Vietnam’s project of building Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai, which is to have a capacity of up to 100 million passengers a year.

The two sides also exchanged views on issues of mutual concern about the potential for development cooperation, such as maritime transport, port management, shipbuilding and civil aviation. Praising the experience of the Dutch with devising policies on port development, Nhat said Vietnam had sent several missions to the Netherlands to study the hosts’ port authority model.

In his opinion, regarding shipbuilding, Vietnam is on track to develop the industry and is willing to learn from the Netherlands’ experience. He mentioned an example of effective cooperation between the two countries in this field, namely the joint venture Damen–Song Cam Shipyard in Hai Phong, and urged the Netherlands to pay more attention to the plant’s operations.

The Deputy Minister also agreed with the Dutch side’s proposal to open shipping routes from Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City or Cai Mep–Thi Vai and Lach Huyen Ports to the Netherlands and would task maritime transport companies with studying the route.

For his part, the Dutch deputy minister said that the Netherlands would help Vietnam in the field, as by increasing cooperation between ports in Ho Chi Minh City and Rotterdam Port, as well as with cooperation between Damen and its Vietnamese partners.

Van den Berg also said that the Dutch government had selected nine key sectors in the field of transport in which to strengthen international cooperation, including transport logistics and aviation. This would create favourable conditions for cooperation between the two countries in particular fields, contributing to further enhancing trade and investment relations between the two, he added.

The Dutch deputy minister also stressed the importance of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the European Union. To implement this agreement in the best way and bring benefits to both parties, van den Berg suggested making thorough preparations, especially in terms of infrastructure, including infrastructure for transport, and effective management skills to effectively exploit Vietnam’s assets.

Van den Berg is currently leading a Dutch business delegation consisting of 34 Dutch companies and knowledge institutions on a visit to Vietnam from October 24-25 to explore further business opportunities in the country in aviation, agri-food, renewable energy and maritime infrastructure.

Ngoc Long