GLASGOW — Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính held bilateral meetings with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen on the sidelines of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland (the UK), on Monday (local time).
At the meeting with PM Morrison, the two leaders discussed a range of bilateral cooperation issues as well as coordination in regional and international matters of mutual concern.
PM Chính thanked the Australian Government and PM Morrison for the timely donation of COVID-19 vaccines and medical equipment to help Việt Nam overcome the difficult period and hoped that Australia would continue assisting Việt Nam in the future.
PM Morrison said Australia will donate an additional 3.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Việt Nam, on top of the shipments of 1.5 million doses it has delivered.
PM Chính stressed that Việt Nam attaches great importance to its relations with Australia and suggested Australia increase the import of farm produce and other products from Việt Nam, and continue assisting the Southeast Asian country in traffic infrastructure, response to climate change, digital transformation and renewable energy.
PM Morrison promised to work with the Government of Việt Nam to deploy measures to promote bilateral cooperation in a sustainable manner. He invited Việt Nam to attend a clean energy supply chain summit to be hosted by Australia in 2022.
Regarding regional and international issues of mutual concern, the two leaders agreed to closely maintain cooperation at multilateral forums and shared the view on ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in seas and oceans, including the East Sea, based on the principles of international law.
PM Chính took this occasion to invite PM Morrison to visit Việt Nam soon and the Australian leader accepted the invitation with pleasure.
At his meeting with EC President von der Leyen, PM Chính affirmed that the European Union (EU) is one of the leading strategic partners of Việt Nam, adding that the EU plays an important role in security, peace, economic and development issues in the region and the world as well.
He thanked the EU and its member nations for their timely support of COVID-19 vaccines and medical equipment and expected that the EC will continue to assist Việt Nam in getting access to vaccines and medical supplies.
PM Chính affirmed that economic and trade cooperation is a bright spot in Việt Nam-EU relations and proposed the EU create favourable conditions for Vietnamese goods, especially agricultural and aquatic products, to enter the EU market.
The government leader suggested the EU urge its member states to complete the ratification of the EU-Việt Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) so as to soon enforce the pact effectively and protect the legitimate benefits of businesses of both sides.
EC President von der Leyen said the EU will continue aiding Việt Nam via the direct export of COVID-19 vaccines and the COVAX Facility. Having expressed her support for PM Chính’s proposals, she applauded Việt Nam’s commitment and contributions to the fight against climate change.
Regarding illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, PM Chính said he had directed provinces and cities to strictly implement regulations on combating IUU fishing and take drastic measures to prevent illegal fishing. He proposed the EC consider removing its “yellow card”, provide technical assistance for and help Việt Nam carry out solutions to combat IUU fishing, thereby contributing to ensuring livelihoods for fishermen and undisrupted supplies for the EU market.
The EC President said she was glad to hear the information and pledged to direct EU agencies to consider Việt Nam’s proposal on lifting the “yellow card”. —
Vietnamese PM rings opening bell at NYSE
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City on Thursday morning (local time) and rang the bell to mark the start of the stock trading day.
The top Vietnamese official paid his NYSE visit at the invitation of NYSE leaders.
NYSE vice chairman John Tuttle and PM Chinh spoke briefly before the Vietnamese Premier rang the opening bell at 9:30 am.
PM Chinh said that he was honored to be invited to the NYSE building for the second time to ring the bell.
He also shared that he was impressed by the stock exchange’s current capitalization of US$40,000 billion.
PM Chinh last visited the NYSE, the largest stock exchange in the world, in May 2022 to ring the closing bell.
The prime minister proposed the NYSE encourage U.S. firms to make investments in Vietnam and help connect the Vietnamese stock exchanges with the NYSE and other top stock exchanges worldwide.
PM Chinh also assigned the State Securities Commission of Vietnam to partner with the NYSE to sign a memorandum of understanding on technical support and human training.
The Vietnamese government leader expects to host NYSE leaders in Vietnam by the end of the year.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (C) writes in a memorial notebook at the NYSE. Photo: Nhat Bac / Tuoi Tre|
Tuttle used the opportunity to share his appreciation for the Vietnamese market, noting that U.S. firms have shown much interest in Vietnam.
He affirmed that the NYSE is willing to help Vietnamese enterprises list their stocks on the exchange.
The NYSE representative also told the prime minister that he will visit Vietnam as soon as possible.
PM Chinh and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam are on a visit to the United States to attend the high-level General Debate of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session and other activities.
His U.S. trip, which is set to last until Saturday, was made following the upgrade of the Vietnam – U.S. relationship.
Vietnam and the U.S. announced the elevation of their bilateral relations to comprehensive strategic partnership, the highest level in the Southeast Asian country’s international relations, after talks between General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and U.S. President Joe Biden in Hanoi on September 10.
Japanese Crown Prince visits late President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house
Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, together with Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, paid a visit to late President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and fish pond on Thursday morning.
Their jaunt was taken after talks between the top Vietnamese official and Japan’s crown prince.
Vice-State President Xuan chaired a welcome ceremony for Akishino and Kiko at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Thursday morning.
The stilt house and fish pond are situated in the late President Ho Chi Minh relic site. These places were the late president’s living and working space.
The visit to the relic site was part of Akishino’s ongoing Vietnam trip, which will last until Monday next week.
|Crown Prince Akishino, 58, is the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito. He was declared first in line to the chrysanthemum throne in 2020. This is the third time the Japanese crown prince has visited Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Akishino is set to meet other top Vietnamese officials such as Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang and State President Vo Van Thuong during his Vietnam visit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko are introduced to the history of late President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, which was built in 1958. The house is 10.5 meters long and 6.2 meters wide. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan (R), Japanese Crown Prince Akishino (C) and Crown Princess Kiko (L) are pictured feeding fish in late President Ho Chi Minh’s fish pond. The fish pond covers an area of more than 3,000 square meters. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Japanese Crown Prince Akishino takes photos of the precinct of late President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
Vietnam reiterates net-zero emission goal, supports global health priorities
Vietnam is determined to meet its commitment of a net-zero emission target by 2050 and support global health security priorities, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh told two United Nations summits in New York, the U.S., on Wednesday.
The Vietnamese leader kicked off his first activities at the United Nations headquarters by attending two summits on climate change response and preparations for future pandemics, as part of his seven-day trip to the U.S. for the high-level General Debate of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session and other activities.
Cutting emissions by 43.5 percent by 2030
Speaking at the UN Climate Ambition Summit, where leaders of countries and international organizations expressed their concern about the severe impacts of climate change, PM Chinh stressed that addressing climate change impacts requires a global and all-people approach, with more urgent and stronger actions.
The PM proposed accelerating a fair and just green energy transition, which takes people as its center and leaves no one behind.
Developed countries and international organizations should put the Loss and Damage Fund into operation at COP28 as committed to supporting developing and underdeveloped countries to overcome the consequences of climate change, Chinh told the summit.
He also called for more assistance for developing countries and underdeveloped countries in developing green technologies, green finance, and renewable energy industries.
Many other delegates affirmed that responding to climate change is a shared responsibility, which requires every country to reduce the use of fossil fuels while making a fair green transition as soon as possible.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on high-emitting countries to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with developed countries and large emerging economies required to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 and 2050, respectively.
Sharing the same view, PM Chinh said Vietnam, with support from the international community, will strive to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 43.5 percent by 2030 and obtain a renewable energy ratio of more than 70 percent by 2050.
“Even though being a developing country still facing many difficulties, Vietnam, with the spirit of supporting a green Earth, is determined to fulfill its commitment, raised at COP26, to achieving net zero emissions by 2050,” Chinh affirmed.
Supporting global health security priorities
While attending the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPPR) on Wednesday afternoon, PM Chinh emphasized the extremely serious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He called on the international community to take action soon so that future generations do not have to suffer from similar terrible epidemics.
The PM proposed prioritizing increasing timely and equitable access to vaccines, improving the capacity of grassroots and preventive health, promoting transfer of vaccine and drug technologies, and providing financial support for developing and underdeveloped countries.
He affirmed that Vietnam supports making global health security a priority in all policies to help early detect, timely respond to and effectively drive back epidemics in the future.
From the COVID-19 experience, delegates called for increased international cooperation and coordination at the highest level to ensure equitable and timely access to pandemic-related medical products.
They also proposed removing trade barriers and strengthening supply chains to facilitate the transportation of vaccines, drugs and other public health products.
Delegates unanimously passed a political declaration on pandemic preparedness and response, and agreed to hold a high-level conference in 2026 to evaluate the implementation of the declaration.
This year’s HLM on PPPR was convened by the UN based on an initiative raised by Vietnam and some other countries and was approved by the UN General Assembly in September 2022.
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