HÀ NỘI — Singapore has always been one of Việt Nam’s leading partners in the region.
Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính made the statement meeting with Speaker of the Singaporean Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin on Friday morning in Hà Nội.
PM Chính said the visit of the Tan Chuan-Jin, which lasted from May 18 to 20, was very important, contributing to promoting the Việt Nam – Singapore Strategic Partnership to become more and more extensive and effective, especially while the two countries are looking forward to the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and 10 years of Strategic Partnership in 2023.
Chính congratulated Singapore on its outstanding achievements, including always leading the way in the region in catching new development trends of the world, especially in science and technology with its high international prestige and position.
Chính also congratulated the Singapore Sports Delegation, participating in the 31st SEA Games, on their success.
Chính said despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two-way trade turnover between Việt Nam and Singapore had still grown positively, reaching US$8.3 billion in 2021, an increase of over 23 per cent compared to 2020.
Singapore was the largest investor of Việt Nam in ASEAN with 2,866 valid projects and total registered capital of $67.5 billion, he said.
Việt Nam – Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIP) not only made an important contribution to the regional economic development in Việt Nam but also helped spread the working spirit, labour discipline and Singaporean management thinking in Việt Nam, becoming a successful model in economic co-operation between the two countries, he said.
Chính suggested the two sides step up visits at all levels; effectively implement bilateral cooperation mechanisms and agreements, especially the Ministerial Conference on economic connectivity between Việt Nam and Singapore.
Chính said he hoped the two sides would continue to support and create conditions for cooperation in recovery and economic development after the pandemic, focusing on areas where Singapore has strengths and Việt Nam has needs.
The areas include innovation, green energy, digital economy and diversification of the global supply chain, bringing the connection of the two economies towards a new level of “connection on a digital platform” through the effective implementation of the “MoU on Co-operation in the Digital Economy”, signed during President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc’s visit to Singapore in February, he said.
Chính also expected that Singapore would help to develop VSIP zones in a number of provinces and cities in Việt Nam following the model of smart, high-tech, innovative, environmentally friendly and energy-saving; and the two sides would effectively take advantage of the implementation of free trade agreements, especially Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Regarding co-operation in COVID-19 prevention and control, Chính congratulated Singapore as the country with the highest vaccination rate in the world, having moved to the stage of “adaptation, development and long-term coexistence with COVID-19”.
Chính also thanked Singapore for the valuable and timely support in medical equipment and vaccines that Singapore had given to Việt Nam. He asked that the two sides promote cooperation in the research and production of vaccines and drugs to treat COVID-19.
He suggested that the two countries step up cooperation in the fields of defence and security, culture, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges and seek new development motivations, especially in areas where Singapore has strengths and Vietnam has potential.
Chính asked Singapore to share experiences in digital transformation, for example in the fields of tax collection, banking and population management as well as continue to support Việt Nam in human resource training, especially high-quality human resources and increasing scholarships for managers at all levels in Việt Nam.
On this occasion, Chính also thanked and asked Singapore to continue to create favourable conditions for the community of about 13,000 Vietnamese people living, studying and working in Singapore.
Tan thanked Chính for the warm and respectful welcome, and highly appreciated the thoughtfulness and friendship that the host country Việt Nam has spent for the Singapore sports delegation.
He said Việt Nam’s economy was appreciated as one of the fastest-growing economies in the region. He also said that economic cooperation was an important foundation in the two countries’ relations with huge potential.
Therefore, it was necessary to promote stronger, especially co-operation in the fields of trade, investment, technology and new areas of co-operation, he said.
Singapore’s NA Speaker Tan affirmed that in legislative terms, the Singapore Parliament supported the cooperation between the two Governments and Singaporean enterprises investing in Việt Nam. It also supported the expansion of VSIP Industrial Parks in Việt Nam to tighten and improve the effectiveness of the friendship between the two countries.
The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and global situations and issues of mutual concern, stressing that ASEAN should stick to its position on the East Sea and resolve disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982) and the importance of ensuring security, safety, freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea. —
Vietnam proposes measures to foster Mekong-Lancang cooperation in post-pandemic recovery
Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son has recommended four measures for beefing up the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) to promote growth and sustainable development from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Son was speaking at the seventh MLC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Bagan, Myanmar on Monday, centered around ‘Solidarity for Peace and Prosperity.’
The event was attended by foreign ministers from the six member countries of the MLC mechanism, including China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Participants highly appreciated the MLC’s recent contributions to regional cooperation and development, especially amid the complicated developments of COVID-19, and discussed coordination in organizing the second MLC Ministerial Meeting on Water Resources in Vietnam this year.
In this context, the Vietnamese diplomat delivered a speech proposing four major measures to make the MLC more effective.
He firstly mentioned the need for cooperation in boosting economic recovery and resilience from the pandemic, and strengthening customs cooperation and trade facilitation in order to solve goods congestion and ensure the free flow of goods and services in the region.
Second, it is necessary for mutual support among member countries in climate change adaptation and the transition to a green economic model, including clean energy development and climate-smart agriculture.
He also called for stronger cooperation in managing and using water resources in a sustainable manner, strengthening consultation and dialogue on water resource development plans, increasing the sharing of hydrological and meteorological data and hydroelectric dam operations, and expanding coordination between the MLC and the Mekong River Commission.
|Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (L) bumps elbows with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the seventh Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Myanmar, July 4, 2022. Photo: Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
Lastly, it is advisable to promote people-to-people connections through tourism activities and cultural exchange programs, Son said.
His speech was highly appreciated by the other member countries and was reflected in the conference’s documents, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The event came as two-way trade between the lower Mekong River countries and China reached nearly US$400 billion last year, up 23 percent from 2020, while many large infrastructure works have been completed and hundreds of technical assistance projects are being built by the MLC member nations, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The meeting emphasized the principles of equal cooperation, mutual consultation, benefit-sharing and respect for the United Nations Charter and international law, as well as the legislation of each country.
It came to an end with the issuance of four joint statements on strengthening agricultural cooperation, disaster prevention, customs and trade facilitation, and exchanges between MLC civilizations.
Founded in 2016, the MLC is a multilateral cooperation mechanism between the riparian states of the Lancang River and Mekong River.
The Lancang River originates from Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in southwestern China.
It is called the Mekong River as it flows through the other five countries – Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam – before entering the sea.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Vietnam
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to visit Vietnam on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday night.
The visit is made at the invitation of Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son.
In September 2021, Minister Son conducted a business trip to Moscow, where he met with many Russian officials, including his counterpart Lavrov.
In late 2021, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia, while this year is the 10th anniversary of the two nations’ comprehensive strategic partnership.
Lavrov’s visit takes place in the context of new developments in the international and regional situations.
In March, Minister Son joined separate phone talks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba about the military conflict between the two countries.
In both dialogues, Son affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance that international disputes and disagreements should be resolved by peaceful measures and in compliance with the basic principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, especially the principle of respecting the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of countries.
The official asked relevant parties to exercise restraint, reduce tensions, and conduct more dialogues to find a long-term solution that is in line with international law and takes into consideration the legitimate interests of all sides.
During the talks, Minister Lavrov praised Vietnam’s contribution to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.
The official shared recent developments in the situation in Ukraine and affirmed that he would try his best to support the safe evacuation of Vietnamese citizens from conflict zones.
The two sides also discussed bilateral relations, with Minister Son suggesting that Russia continue to pay attention to and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community there to stabilize their life, production, and business operation.
Vietnam leaders congratulate US on 246th Independence Day
Vietnamese leaders have sent congratulatory messages to leaders of the U.S. government and Congress on the occasion of the country’s 246th Independence Day.
State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh sent their congratulations to U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue also extended greetings to President of the Senate Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
On the same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son sent a congratulatory message to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Vietnam and the U.S. established bilateral relations in 1995, paving the way for a partnership of trust, friendship, and mutual respect.
The bilateral relationship is guided by the comprehensive partnership signed in 2013 and joint statements issued by the leaders of the two countries in 2015, 2016, and May and November 2017, according to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.
After lifting the ban on the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam in May 2016, the U.S. continued to support the Southeast Asian country in maritime security, including handing over Hamilton-class coast guard ships to Vietnam in 2017 and 2020.
The people-to-people relations between the two countries have also developed rapidly, with tens of thousands of Vietnamese students having come to the U.S. to study, contributing nearly US$1 billion to the local economy.
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