Vietnam, Netherlands cultivate practical, effective relations
The Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands organized a ceremony in The Hague on June 26 to mark the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha speaks at the ceremony.__Photo: VNA

The Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands organized a ceremony in The Hague on June 26 to mark the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha said that over half a century, Vietnam and the Netherlands have become each other's important and prioritized partners in the region.

The two countries' leaders agreed to upgrade the bilateral relationship to a comprehensive partnership in 2019, which marked an important milestone in their 50-year relations as well as the two countries’ determination in promoting comprehensive cooperation in key areas, such as climate change, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, circular economy besides their economic, trade and development cooperation.

Ha affirmed that the world is constantly changing with many intertwined opportunities and challenges, especially issues of climate change and food security.

The Deputy PM said that he was pleased to see the two countries have soon shared visions and approaches to effectively form and implement the two frameworks - the Strategic Partnership on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management and the Strategic Partnership on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.

"With its responsibility to the international community, Vietnam is willing to continue working closely with the Netherlands to make joint efforts to solve common global challenges, especially climate change and food security, towards the goal of sustainable development," Ha said.

A musical performance at the ceremony.__Photo: VNA

The Deputy PM expressed his belief that the Vietnam-Netherlands relationship will be cultivated and developed more practically and effectively in the future.

For his part, Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme said that the relationship between the two countries has been stable over time because it has been based on affection, friendship, and mutual trust.

Recalling his nice impressions and memories during his visit to Vietnam a few months ago as a tourist, the Prince said he was happy to see Vietnam’s strong development, adding that he was proud that the Netherlands has many programs to support the development of the Southeast Asian country.

He emphasized that the establishment of the comprehensive partnership in 2019 came from the need and interests of both sides, and the Netherlands hoped to further strengthen the bilateral relations with Vietnam, especially in areas where the Netherlands has strengths such as food, processing, techniques, and navigation.

Appreciating Vietnam's commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Jaime, who is also the Climate Envoy for the Netherlands, said that Vietnam will achieve the goal and the Netherlands is ready to support Vietnam in green growth areas such as sustainable agriculture development, green economy, and smart logistics system, and together solve problems and look towards the future.

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha attends the seminar.__Photo: VNA

Within the framework of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands, the Vietnamese Embassy, the Ministry of Transport, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam co-organized a seminar in The Hague on June 26, attracting the participation of nearly 40 Vietnamese and Dutch business people.

Participants voiced their interest in policies and solutions to promote investment cooperation in the fields of transport infrastructure development, logistics, green energy development, agriculture, and climate change adaptation.

Deputy PM Ha introduced Vietnam’s advantages and policies to attract investors, emphasizing that Vietnam is following the world's trends with new rules relating to environmental issues.

Vietnam is implementing the process of digital transformation, green transition, and developing a knowledge-based economy and hi-tech agriculture, he said, adding that the country is also focusing on training human resources, considering talents as a driving force for innovation and development.

He pointed out five priority areas in the cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands including climate change adaptation, water management, agriculture, energy, marine economy, and logistics services.

The Deputy PM called on Dutch investors with extensive experiences, scientific and technological advances, and financial potential to increase investment in Vietnam.-(VNA/VLLF)

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