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Lao PM applauds partnerships between Vietnamese, Lao ministries

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The meeting between Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyễn Hồng Diên (left) and Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh in Vientiane on Thursday. — VNA/ Photo Phạm Kiên

 

VIENTIANE — Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyễn Hồng Diên paid a courtesy call to Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh in Vientiane on April 11, part of his working trip to Laos to co-chair the border trade development cooperation conference.

Diên said as the global and regional economies are facing numerous difficulties which may negatively impact the Vietnamese and Lao economies, the two countries should become more inter-connected and assist each other to jointly overcome adversities and develop.

He noted his working visit to Laos aimed to implement the cooperation activities in trade, industry, and energy agreed on by the countries’ leaders.

Apart from co-chairing the 12th Việt Nam – Laos border trade development cooperation conference, he had talks with the Lao minister of industry and trade and minister of energy and mines so as to boost bilateral relations in these fields. Diên also chaired the Việt Nam – Laos business forum to grasp enterprises’ demand for investment and business partnerships, remove bottlenecks, accelerate Vietnamese-invested power plant projects in Laos, and enhance ties in mineral mining so as to keep material supply chains uninterrupted.

The Vietnamese official reported on those events’ outcomes and proposed some orientations for bilateral cooperation in trade, energy, and mining.

Highly valuing the Vietnamese ministry’s ties with the Lao ministry of industry and trade and ministry of energy and mines, PM Viphavanh affirmed that the Lao Party, State, Government, and people always give the highest priority to enhancing the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation with Việt Nam. He appreciated the Vietnamese Party, State, Government, and people’s cooperation with and precious support for his country throughout history.

He asked the three ministries to actively share information and experience while devising solutions to the difficulties facing the countries’ businesses in order to promote partnerships in trade, energy, and mining.

At the meeting, Diên and the ministers of the two Lao ministries affirmed their determination to step up cooperation programmes and plans under their Governments’ orientations and commitments, thereby achieving positive results in trade, energy, and mining relations in 2022, when Việt Nam and Laos mark 60 years since the establishment of their diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962) and 45 years since the signing of their friendship and cooperation treaty (July 18, 1977).

In 2021, Việt Nam– Laos trade hit US$1.37 billion , up 33.3 per cent from 2020. Việt Nam imported goods worth nearly $780 million from Laos, an annual increase of 70 per cent, according to the Vietnamese minister. —

 

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Vietnam – S.Korea trade likely reaches $100bn this year: Consul General

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The two-way trade between Vietnam and South Korea may amount to US$100 billion this year, instead of 2023 as previously targeted, said South Korean Consul General in Vietnam’s Da Nang City Ahn Min Sik.

The South Korean diplomat released his ambitious expectation after reviewing the bilateral trade result of $45 billion in the first half of this year at a seminar held in the central metropolis on Friday.

The event, themed “The history of exchanges between and future prospects of the Vietnam – South Korea relationship,” was part of the celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Despite the heavy impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, both countries gained a two-way trade value of $80.6 billion in 2021, much higher than the $500 million recorded 30 years ago, Consul General Ahn said.

Considering the ongoing trade growth trend, as shown in the first six months of this year, the bilateral turnover may reach $100 billion in 2022, instead of next year as earlier expected, Ahn said.

The diplomat also revealed that the two countries’ people-to-people exchanges have expanded to five million people, including nearly 60,000 Vietnamese-Korean multicultural families.

At the event, Vietnamese and South Korean scholars suggested the two nations deepen the bilateral relationship, through expanding cooperation in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economics, culture, science and technology, education and tourism, and people exchanges.

Since the establishment of their diplomatic relations in 1992, the two countries have twice upgraded their relations to ‘comprehensive cooperative partnership in the 21st century’ and then to the ‘strategic cooperation partnership’ in 2001 and 2009, respectively.

The relationship between the two countries is about to be further elevated to a ‘comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership,’ so the two countries need to draw up a plan for the next 30 years of the bilateral ties, the consul general said.

South Korea is now an important leading partner of Vietnam in most fields, while the Southeast Asian nation, a fast-growing and dynamic economy with an important role in the ASEAN and East Asia, is also a key partner of South Korea in its New Southern Policy, according to the Da Nang Portal.

Geographical, historical and cultural similarities between Vietnam and South Korea have helped the two nations get close to each other and promote a great development of their cooperation and friendship relations, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Lan, from the Academy of Politics Region 3, commented.

Over the past 30 years, the fruitful relationship between the two countries has been influenced by a series of factors, both objective and subjective, both historical and contemporary, including the changes of the world situation from 1991 up to now, the reform efforts by South Korea, Vietnam’s doi moi (renovation) policy, the external relation policies of both sides and the needs for mutual cooperation, Dr. Lan elaborated.

In addition to its embassy in Hanoi and a consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City, South Korea launched another consulate general in Da Nang on November 6, 2020.

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Vietnam, US continue cooperation in energy security

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Vietnam and the U.S. have agreed to continue their cooperation in energy security, the U.S. Department of State said in a press release on Thursday.

Delegations from Vietnam and the U.S. met in Washington, D.C. for the fourth annual U.S.-Vietnam Energy Security Dialogue on July 26-28. 

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Dang Hoang An and the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) Senior Bureau Official Harry Kamian led the delegations.

The delegations discussed key areas for continued bilateral clean energy cooperation such as power market development, energy conservation and efficiency, transmission, power storage, and the steps necessary for an energy transition that will achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Vietnam and the U.S. discussed the future of advanced clean energy technologies such as offshore wind, nuclear, hydrogen, electric vehicles, and battery energy storage, as well as Vietnam’s consideration of the role of liquefied natural gas. 

The delegations welcomed the participation of private sector representatives from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

ENR’s Power Sector Program highlighted ongoing technical and regulatory engagements in support of the Japan-U.S.-Mekong Power Partnership.

In addition, ENR invited Vietnam to two power market and renewable energy study tours in the U.S.. 

The tours will take place later this year and will be led by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and U.S. Energy Association, with the participation of other partners.  

Representatives from Dominion Energy shared valuable insight with the delegations regarding the company’s experience in U.S. offshore wind development. 

ENR also highlighted AES Corporation’s intent to pursue offshore wind development in Vietnam, another reflection of the growing commercial ties between the U.S. and Vietnam in the clean energy sector.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) announced a grant awarded to the National Power Transmission Corporation of Vietnam (NPT) for technical assistance to advance the deployment of smart grid technologies in Vietnam.

NPT selected Connecticut-based Actionable Strategies LLC to provide the assistance.

On July 26, Deputy Minister An also chaired a roundtable on sustainable energy development organized by the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister visits landmarks in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and his spouse visited famous landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday afternoon within the framework of their working visit to Vietnam. 

Their itinerary included the statue of Tran Hung Dao, Bach Dang Wharf, Nha Rong Wharf, Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Zone, the statue of late President Ho Chi Minh, Ben Thanh Market, and the construction site of the metro line No. 1.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak poses for a photo at the statue of late President Ho Chi Minh in Ho Chi Minh City, August 5, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak poses for a photo at the statue of late President Ho Chi Minh in Ho Chi Minh City, August 5, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

Ehud Barak came to Vietnam at the invitation of the Boston Global Forum (BGF) and a number of Vietnamese enterprises. 

Previously in Ho Chi Minh City, he had a meeting with Vietnamese entrepreneurs, visited the painting exhibition “Vietnamese wishes” featuring artworks of hundreds of disadvantaged children at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, and held a talk with local students.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (3rd R) and his spouse (2nd R) go for a walk at Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Zone in Ho Chi Minh City, August 5, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (3rd R) and his spouse (2nd R) go for a walk at Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Zone in Ho Chi Minh City, August 5, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

Barak is scheduled to participate in a discussion on August 16 at the Hanoi Opera House organized by BGF that is meant to promote the friendship of Vietnam and Boston in Massachusetts of the U.S.

Ehud Barak was Israel’s 10th prime minister from 1999 to 2001. 

He also served as Israel’s defense minister and deputy prime minister.

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