|At the working session
During a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne in Helsinki on September 26, Deputy PM Binh spoke highly of the European country’s achievements and wished that both sides would share experience in building an effective social welfare system, contributing to ensuring social fairness and enhancing training in judicial cooperation and court work.
Rinne spoke highly of Vietnam’s achievements in external relations over the past years, stressing that the visit affords both sides a chance to reach consensus on orientations to bilateral links in the coming years.
Finland wants to boost collaboration with Vietnam in the fields of economy, environmental protection, climate change response, education – training, and other fields that suit each side’s potential, he said.
He said Finland will strive to push forward the early ratification of the Vietnam – European Union Free Trade Agreement and the Vietnam – EU Investment Protection Agreement, thus creating a driving force for economic, trade and investment ties between Vietnam and EU member states, including Finland.
Both sides agreed to increase their cooperation at international forums and contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world in line with international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as boost multilateral collaboration to address common challenges.
The host accepted invitation to visit Vietnam by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and promised to come to the country next year.
During a meeting with Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, Deputy PM Binh expressed desire to learn from Finland’s experience in health care and social affairs.
Both sides agreed to facilitate visits and explore areas of cooperation that meet demand of each side.