Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg have agreed to back their enterprises and investors to explore collaboration opportunities, especially in maritime business, seafood, energy, information technology and green growth, during the latter’s three-day visit from April 16.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on April 16 in Hanoi__Photo: Duc Tam/VNA
The two prime ministers agreed that Vietnam and Norway should increase the delegation exchange to boost the efficiency of political dialogue, while enhancing security-defense ties.
They agreed to conclude negotiations on a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union in 2015 to create a framework for the expansion of bilateral trade and investment.
The two leaders also agreed to foster connectivity among universities and research centers, especially in science and technology, oil and gas, energy, fishery, agriculture, environment and natural resource management.
Both sides pledged to continue close coordination at multilateral forums and international organizations, especially the United Nations and the Asia-Europe Meeting.
They also shared concern about recent complicated developments in the East Sea, highlighting the need to settle all disputes through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, the UN Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
They stressed the significance of building a binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), taking it as an effective tool to ensure peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of trade, maritime and aviation in the East Sea.-