|NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan welcomes Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian NA Jakab Istvan (L).
At a reception for the visiting Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian NA, Jakab Istvan, in Hanoi on January 17, the top Vietnamese legislator thanked Hungary for its support for Vietnam in boosting cooperation with the European Union (EU), including accelerating the early signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
She said she hopes that Hungary would continue to support Vietnam in this issue while affirming Vietnam’s readiness to serve as a bridge connecting Hungary to ASEAN - a dynamic and great potential market with more than 600 million people.
Vietnam always bears in mind the valuable and effective support of Hungary during its national defence and construction process, she said, noting that thousands of Vietnamese officials and engineers, who were trained in Hungary, showed a high level of competence at home, Ngan told her guest.
The Vietnamese NA leader praised Hungary for removing all obstacles for the implementation of a framework agreement on a credit package worth nearly EUR 60 million in order to build the Can Tho tumour hospital.
The hospital will meet the demand for medical examination and treatment of around 20 million residents in the Mekong Delta region, she said.
She said she expects that during the Hungarian delegation’s visit, the two sides will hold a seminar on sustainable agricultural development and food safety, thus providing a good chance for parliamentarians and experts to share experience in legislation and such practical issues as well.
For his part, Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian NA Jakab Istvan expressed his appreciation for the two countries’ regular exchange of high-level delegations, which he said, is of great significance for the enhancement of the friendship, stature and influence of the two countries in the international community. Notably, the effective implementation of the cooperation plan between the two countries has yielded good results, he noted.
Jakab Istvan thanked NA Chairman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan for her support for the implementation of cooperation agreements between the two countries, including cooperation programs and projects on ODA.
He informed his host that all problems relating to the Can Tho tumour hospital construction project has been dealt with and this project is being underway.
The Hungarian Deputy Speaker affirmed that his nation has always supported the EVFTA from the start to the signing and approval while
congratulating Vietnam on its socio-economic development achievements and high GDP growth. Hungary is making every effort to expand cooperation with Vietnam, especially in pharmaceuticals, and high-quality agriculture.
Jakab Istvan said with confidence that the two legislatures would continue to step up their close cooperation as a contribution to deepening the relations between the two countries.
The same day, NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien held talks with his Hungarian counterpart Jakab Istvan, during which Hien said that Vietnam desires to expand its partnership with Hungary across multiple fields.
Economic, trade, and investment cooperation between the two countries have steadily progressed with two-way trade in 2018 rising to nearly US$600 million, up 70% over 2017, Hien said.
However, the results are still far from matching the potential and aspiration of both sides, he noted while suggesting that the two countries should boost closer coordination in launching trade promotion activities and help enterprises to seek cooperation and investment in areas of each other’s strengths.
Hien voiced his hope that Hungary, as an active member of the EU, will continue supporting the development of the Vietnam-EU partnership, as well as the signing and ratification of the bilateral free trade agreement and the investment protection agreement.
He hailed the growing ties between the two law-making bodies and urged the two sides to intensify high-level delegation exchange and the sharing of experience in parliamentary operations.
Both sides need to augment affiliation in supervising and expediting the implementation of agreements signed by the two governments, as well as strategic cooperation projects, he said.
Hien underlined the need to enhance consultations, collaboration, and mutual support at multilateral parliamentary forums, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP).
In reply, Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament Jakab Istvan said that his visit aims to maintain the delegation exchange between the two parliaments and contribute to further reinforcing the traditional friendship and partnership between Vietnam and Hungary, as well as bilateral parliamentary cooperation.
Hungary regards Vietnam as an important strategic partner in the Southeast Asian region, he said while expressing his hope that the two legislatures will continue advancing collaboration for stronger friendship, trust, and mutual understanding among parliamentarians and the people of both countries.
Jakab Istvan also extolled the achievements Vietnam has recorded in economic development over the years and called for both sides to expand partnership in food safety, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and tourism.