Making the announcement, Akkerman said her government and the Dutch business community will continue to accompany Vietnam in the fight against the pandemic.
She affirmed that the Dutch government attaches great importance to the comprehensive partnership and the strategic partnership on climate change adaptation, sustainable agriculture and water management with Vietnam.
The relationship between the two governments and their business communities continues to develop effectively for the sake of the economy, people and planet, she said.
The Ambassador thanked the Vietnamese Government and the Prime Minister personally for caring about the EU business community, including Dutch businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and noted the two countries are having many opportunities and prospects to strengthen cooperation.
She said she hopes the two sides will effectively implement the Vietnam - EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and soon implement the Vietnam - EU Investment Agreement (EVIPA), creating fresh impetus to the strategic relationship and economic cooperation between Vietnam and the EU as well as between Vietnam and the Netherlands.
EU investors, including those from the Netherlands, are keen on seaport and logistics cooperation with Vietnam, and if the projects are realized, they would contribute to reducing transportation costs and increasing the flow of goods from Vietnam to Europe, she said, adding the Netherlands port of Rotterdam accounts for about 60% of Vietnamese goods entering the region.
For his part, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh thanked the Dutch government and businesses for their valuable assistance to Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19.
The Prime Minister suggested that the government, relevant agencies and businesses of the Netherlands continue supporting Vietnam in early access to vaccine sources through either lending or ceding unused vaccines, as well as providing COVID-19 treatment drugs and medical equipment to Vietnam.
On economic cooperation, the PM agreed that, after one year of enforcement, the EVFTA has been bringing about positive changes in economic and trade cooperation. The Netherlands is currently the second largest trading partner and the largest FDI partner of Vietnam in Europe.
He requested that the Dutch Parliament soon ratify the EVIPA and lobby the European Union to remove the ‘yellow card’ for Vietnamese seafood.
Chinh highly appreciated the Dutch experience in the areas of climate change adaptation, water management and sustainable agriculture, and asked the Netherlands to assist Vietnam in these areas, especially in the Mekong Delta that is most vulnerable to sea level rise, land subsidence, and coastal erosion.
Simultaneously he also requested that the Netherlands expand bilateral cooperation to other areas such as human resource training, public-private partnership, sea transport, railway and aviation, to optimize the exchange of goods between the two countries, while creating conditions for Vietnamese agricultural and aquatic products, and seasonal fruits to enter the Netherlands and other EU countries.
The PM reaffirmed that the Vietnamese Government always creates favourable conditions for foreign investors, including potential EU and Dutch enterprises equipped with high technology, to do business and invest in Vietnam.
He welcomed potential international investors to eye Cai Mep Ha Logistics Center project in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, and said he has assigned the Ba Ria-Vung Tau province and the Ministry of Planning and Investment to urgently complete procedures on the project.
With regard to the East Sea issue, Ambassador Akkerman said that the Netherlands supports ASEAN’s common stance of maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight, and resolving all sea-related disputes by peaceful means, on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
At the end of the meeting, PM Pham Minh Chinh asked the ambassador to convey an invitation to Dutch PM Mark Rutte to visit Vietnam again.