| Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman presents her letter of credence to Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (L).
Meeting with Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman, Thinh glowingly spoke of the great progress in Vietnam-the Netherlands relations across a wide range of fields, including political trust, noting that both nations are now important economic, trade, and investment partners of each other.
She suggested closer coordination between the two nations to deepen their strategic partnership and further push up cooperation in sustainable development, while hoping that the Netherlands will back the early signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
Vietnam greatly values the support Dutch people have given to Vietnam, she said and particularly referred to the Dutch doctors who founded the Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV) to provide aid to Vietnam during wartime and who have continued to offer medical help to disadvantaged areas.
The Order of Friendship awarded by the State of Vietnam to the MCNV showed Vietnam’s appreciation towards its humanitarian efforts to improve people’s health, reduce poverty, and ensure the country’s sustainable development, she told Thinh.
In response, Akkerman thanked the State of Vietnam for the Order of Friendship presented to the MCNV, saying the two countries share common interest in developing agriculture, water management, and sustainable development which would be ideal areas for broader collaboration cooperation in the future.
Receiving new Belgian Ambassador Paul Jansen, the Acting President affirmed Vietnam’s recognition of importance to reinforcing its partnership with Belgium, adding that there is plenty of room to further step up bilateral cooperation. She asked Jansen to closely work with the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agencies to intensify high-level exchange visits between the two sides.
|Acting President Ngoc Thinh hosts Belgian Ambassador Paul Jansen (L)
Thinh applauded the fruitful cooperation between Vietnam and Belgium at multilateral and international forums, citing the United Nations, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and ASEAN as a typical case in point. She congratulated Belgium on its being elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2019-2020 tenure and asked Belgium to back Vietnam’s bid to run for the post during the 2020-2021 term.
She noted with joy the development of the two nations’ economic, trade, and investment relations, adding that Vietnam has spared no effort to improve the local business climate and economic restructuring towards sustainable growth and the reform of State-owned enterprises.
She said she hopes Belgium would offer the best possible conditions for businesses to seek partnership in the areas of agriculture, sea port, logistics, renewable energy, mining, and others, noting that the conclusion of the EVFTA will afford appropriate conditions for their enterprises to expand business operations.
The Belgian Ambassador also hailed bilateral collaboration in economics, education, and development over recent years and affirmed his country’s support for Vietnam’s candidacy to the UN Security Council.
Meeting with Danish Ambassador Kim Hojlund Christensen, the acting President showed elation at the great strides in Vietnam-Denmark cooperation across multiple fields, especially since the two countries set up a strategic partnership in climate change, energy, environmental protection, and green growth in 2011 and elevated it to the level of comprehensive partnership in 2013.
|Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh receives Danish Ambassador Kim Hojlund Christensen (L)
Thinh said she expects the continued implementation of the Danish Growth Strategy for Vietnam and new opportunities that would be provided for businesses when the EVFTA is signed.
The new Danish diplomat highlighted the significance of the establishment of the Vietnam-Denmark Comprehensive Partnership in 2013 as they look forwards to stronger cooperation in a multitude of fields, such as politics, investment, energy, education, agriculture, and healthcare.
Vietnam remains a priority partner of Denmark in development cooperation and the European country will continue support Vietnam in agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, and climate change adaptation, Christensen noted.
He said that many Danish companies desire to come to Vietnam in order to
explore opportunities for investment cooperation whilst emphasizing that the biggest priority during his term is given to increasing visits between senior leaders and businesses as well as strengthening people-to-people exchange.