Vietnam, Indonesia look to enhance partnership

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue. (Source: VNA)

Jakarta (VNA)
– Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue held working sessions in Jakarta on July
19 with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Minister of Trade
Enggartiasto Lukita to seek ways to further expand the partnership between the
two countries.

Deputy PM Hue, who is
on a visit to Indonesia from June 19-21, affirmed that the establishment of the
strategic partnership between Vietnam and Indonesia in 2013 opened up a new chapter
in bilateral cooperation, developing their ties in both depth and width.

He suggested that both
sides should continue beefing up their traditional friendship and strategic
partnership through increasing the exchange of high-level delegations, effectively
implementing the existing cooperation mechanisms and boosting all-round
collaboration.

The two sides
expressed delight at the strong growth of bilateral partnership, especially in
economy, trade and investment.

Deputy PM Hue proposed
that the two countries actively prepare for the seventh meeting of the Joint
Committee on Economic and Science-Technology Cooperation in 2017 to seek
specific measures to lift up two-way trade to 10 billion USD in 2018.

He pledged that
Vietnam will offer favourable conditions to encourage Indonesian firms to
invest in the country, while asking for Indonesia’s support for Vietnamese
enterprises in doing business in Indonesia, especially in rice export, oil and
gas.

He also thanked the
Indonesian Foreign Ministry for close coordination in sending 695 Vietnamese
fishermen back to their homeland.

Minister Retno Marsudi
vowed to cooperate with Vietnam in speeding up negotiations for an agreement in
demarcation of overlapping exclusive economic zones between the two countries.

Both sides also
concurred to strengthen cooperation in sea and fisheries.

Regarding regional and
international cooperation, Deputy PM Hue highlighted Vietnam’s policy of promoting
intensive, extensive and comprehensive international integration, strengthening
regional economic connectivity and prioritising the implementation of regional
economic connectivity initiatives, including the Regional Comprehensive
Economic Partnership.

The two sides agreed
to enhance their collaboration in effectively realising commitments in the ASEAN
Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA), while enhancing coordination and mutual
support and giving joint initiatives in areas of common viewpoints such as
sustainable development, natural disaster response, water management, food and
energy security.

Minister Retno Marsudi
stated that Indonesia completely backs Vietnam’s hosting of the APEC Year 2017.She
agreed to increase collaboration in the East Sea issue to ensure the
maintenance of peace, stability, maritime and aviation security, safety and
freedom in the region, and the peaceful settlement of disputes on the
foundation of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of
the Sea (UNCLOS).-VNA



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