Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monica Juma.
Both sides concurred to intensify delegation exchange at all levels while sharing the view that bilateral trade is still far from matching their full potential.
Deputy PM Minh asked Kenya to facilitate Vietnam’s export of such products as garment-textiles, rice, clinker, mobile phones and components to the African nation, adding that the two sides need to help their enterprises with market survey and investment promotion.
For her part, the Kenyan diplomat applauded the outstanding achievements Vietnam has recorded over the past time and expressed her nation’s desire to learn from the country’s experience in socio-economic development. She told her host that she welcomes Vietnamese businesses to invest in her country.
The two diplomats agreed that the two countries need to soon sign documents creating a legal framework for their stronger cooperation, especially in the economic field, such as a framework agreement on collaboration in economy, culture, education and IT, an agreement on investment protection and promotion, one on double taxation avoidance and another on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders.
Both side consented to set up a political consultation mechanism between foreign ministries to bolster coordination and cooperation, identify promising cooperation areas, cooperation demands and strength of each side, in order to propose the Governments, ministries and agencies specific collaboration measures.
Minh was appreciative of effective cooperation between the two countries at multilateral forums as well as Kenya’s active role in the East African Community, and voiced his hope for further support and cooperation from the country during the time when Vietnam undertakes the role of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and establishes official relationship with the African Union in the time to come.
Juma called for Vietnam’s support for her Kenya’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for 2021-2022.
During the talks, host and guest also compared notes on regional and international issues of shared concern, including the East Sea issue.
They underscored the importance of peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation, and respect for international law.