EC boosts trade ties with Vietnam

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council (EC), has expressed the council’s willingness to assist and strengthen cooperation with Vietnam, especially in economics and trade.

Speaking at a reception for the Chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Sinh Hung on December 7, Mr. Rompuy praised Vietnam’s great socio-economic achievements during its Renewal process.

He also expressed delight at the development of EU-Vietnam cooperation in economics, saying the EU is Vietnam’s leading business partner with two-way trade increase of 15-20 percent per annum.

The EC is making every effort to help Vietnam restructure its economy and tackle future challenges, he said, adding that he believes the EU and Vietnam will become important partners in the future.

For his part, the chief legislator briefed his host on Vietnam’s achievements in stabilizing the macroeconomy. He reaffirmed the country’s consistent foreign policy of considering the EU its priority partner and building an equal partnership and comprehensive cooperation for peace and development in the region and the world.

Mr. Hung said he hopes the EC President will be able to help enhance ties between both sides in the future.

On the same day, NA Chairman Hung worked with Kris Peeters, Minister-President of Belgium’s Flanders region.