Vietnam, Malaysia hold 5th meeting of joint cooperation committee

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his delight at the growing relations between Vietnam and Malaysia during a reception for visiting Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman in Hanoi on July 27. >>> Vietnam, Malaysia hold 5th meeting of joint cooperation committee The PM hailed the outcomes of the fifth meeting of the Vietnam-Malaysia Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation, as the two sides reviewed the cooperation in politics, trade, investment, national defence-security, agro-forestry and discussed measures for existing issues, and promotion of multi-dimensional cooperation. The meeting was co-chaired by the Malaysian Foreign Minister and Vietnamese Deputy PM cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Malaysia is the seventh biggest trade partner and investor of Vietnam, having a trade value with Vietnam worth US$8.4 billion in 2016 and a total investment of US$12 billion as of May, 2017, PM Phuc said. He, however, noted that these figures have yet to match with the two nations’ cooperation potential. He urged the two sides to join hands in conducting activities to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2018, soon start negotiations and signing of cooperation agreements on anti-human trafficking, extradition, transfer of sentenced persons, search and rescue at sea, and boost labour and tourism links and people-to people exchange. Vietnam has created all favourable conditions for Malaysian investors in Vietnam, he reiterated. Welcoming Malaysia’s stance on the East Sea issues, PM Phuc underscored the spirit of building the East Sea a region of…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his delight at the growing relations between Vietnam and Malaysia during a reception for visiting Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman in Hanoi on July 27. >>> Vietnam, Malaysia hold 5th meeting of joint cooperation committee The PM hailed the outcomes of the fifth meeting of the Vietnam-Malaysia Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation, as the two sides reviewed the cooperation in politics, trade, investment, national defence-security, agro-forestry and discussed measures for existing issues, and promotion of multi-dimensional cooperation. The meeting was co-chaired by the Malaysian Foreign Minister and Vietnamese Deputy PM cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Malaysia is the seventh biggest trade partner and investor of Vietnam, having a trade value with Vietnam worth US$8.4 billion in 2016 and a total investment of US$12 billion as of May, 2017, PM Phuc said. He, however, noted that these figures have yet to match with the two nations’ cooperation potential. He urged the two sides to join hands in conducting activities to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2018, soon start negotiations and signing of cooperation agreements on anti-human trafficking, extradition, transfer of sentenced persons, search and rescue at sea, and boost labour and tourism links and people-to people exchange. Vietnam has created all favourable conditions for Malaysian investors in Vietnam, he reiterated. Welcoming Malaysia’s stance on the East Sea issues, PM Phuc underscored the spirit of building the East Sea a region of…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The fifth meeting of the Vietnam-Malaysia Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, in Hanoi on July 27, has decided on a range of measures necessary to increase bilateral and multilateral collaboration. Under the co-chair of Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Malaysia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Anifah Aman, the two sides stressed that they attach great importance to each other’s role and position within the region and share a common vision on intra-bloc and inter-regional cooperation. The two sides affirmed they will continue to work together to build a stronger ASEAN Community with solidarity and to maintain peace, stability, security and development in the region. Regarding political cooperation, Vietnam and Malaysia agreed to increase mutual visits across all levels between their Parties, Governments, States and parliaments, as well as promote people-to-people exchanges. The two sides will research how to expand the cooperation between the two ruling parties and coordinate to make preparations for the State visit to Malaysia by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in 2018 and organise activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year. The two sides particularly highlighted their economic cooperation as a bright point in their bilateral relationship. Malaysia is currently the seventh largest trade partner and investor of Vietnam, with two-way trade reaching US$8.4 billion in 2016. Malaysian investment in Vietnam amounted to US$12 billion as of the end of May this year. They concurred…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The fifth meeting of the Vietnam-Malaysia Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, in Hanoi on July 27, has decided on a range of measures necessary to increase bilateral and multilateral collaboration. Under the co-chair of Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Malaysia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Anifah Aman, the two sides stressed that they attach great importance to each other’s role and position within the region and share a common vision on intra-bloc and inter-regional cooperation. The two sides affirmed they will continue to work together to build a stronger ASEAN Community with solidarity and to maintain peace, stability, security and development in the region. Regarding political cooperation, Vietnam and Malaysia agreed to increase mutual visits across all levels between their Parties, Governments, States and parliaments, as well as promote people-to-people exchanges. The two sides will research how to expand the cooperation between the two ruling parties and coordinate to make preparations for the State visit to Malaysia by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in 2018 and organise activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year. The two sides particularly highlighted their economic cooperation as a bright point in their bilateral relationship. Malaysia is currently the seventh largest trade partner and investor of Vietnam, with two-way trade reaching US$8.4 billion in 2016. Malaysian investment in Vietnam amounted to US$12 billion as of the end of May this year. They concurred…... [read more]

The event was co-chaired by Vice Chairman of Thua Thien-Hue’s People’s Committee Nguyen Dung and Thavon Phommalaylun, Sekong’s Deputy Governor and Head of the provincial border work steering committee. Representatives of the two sides signing the minutes on border management. (Photo: thuathienhue.gov.vn) At the meeting, the two sides lauded the efforts of border security forces in border protection and management, safeguarding border markers and maintaining social order and political security along the shared border. They have also maintained visits of delegations to share border work experience, contributing to boosting people-to-people exchanges and cross-border trade. Thua Thien-Hue province has helped Lao residents in the border areas of Sekong province stabilise their lives by providing them plant and animal varieties and free healthcare. Meanwhile, the Sekong side supported Vietnam in searching for and repatriating hundreds of remains of Vietnamese soldiers who died in Laos. The two provinces agreed to strengthen border management and cooperation in combating border crimes and trade frauds, while taking measures to raise public awareness of border laws and regulations. They also pledged to enhance border trade cooperation, priotising infrastructure investment to support trade activities and increasing import-export turnover between the two provinces. Source: VNA... [read more]

NDO – Continuing his working visit to New Zealand, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue had a series of meetings with the host country’s senior officials on July 27. >>> Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue visits New Zealand During their talks and meetings, Deputy PM Hue congratulated New Zealand on its recent achievements along with the country’s outstanding growth and sustainability over many consecutive years while becoming one of the world's most liberal competitive economies. New Zealand’s leaders praised Vietnam for its dynamic move in taking an increasingly active role in Southeast Asia. The two sides expressed their satisfaction on the strong development of the Vietnam-New Zealand comprehensive partnership towards a strategic partnership, with cooperation in key areas recording high efficiency and continuous improvement. The two shared similar opinions on strategic interests in regional and international issues, agreeing to continue further promoting bilateral relations in the coming time by enhancing high-level visits and promoting people's exchanges. During a meeting with the Vietnamese Deputy PM, New Zealand's Speaker of the House of Representatives, David Carter cordially reiterated his invitation to Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to visit New Zealand in late 2017. Both sides agreed to soon hold a signing for the Vietnam-New Zealand Agenda for Action during 2017-2020 later this year to boost cooperation in priority areas, such as politics, economy, commerce, agriculture, development assistance, education-training, science-research-innovation, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges. Deputy PM Hue and his host counterpart Paula Bennett,…... [read more]

Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue worked with Australian Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison and New South Wales Minister for Heritage Gabrielle Upton during his visit to Australia on July 24. Meeting with Australian Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, Deputy PM Hue congratulated Australia on impressive economic development and high and stable economic growth thanks to appropriate fiscal policies. The host leader took the occasion to treasure Australia’s commitments to support Viet Nam in the environment, improve means of subsistence for mountainous and rural areas, climate change response, and gender equality. Minister Scott Morrison praised Viet Nam as the host of APEC 2017 and its organization of trade ministerial conference, financial ministerial conference, and relevant conferences at the APEC Summit Week in November. Australia, said Minister Scott Morrison, gives a priority to cooperation with ASEAN and hopes to promote ASEAN's solidarity, self-reliance, prosperity and the bloc’s central role in the region. Both the host and the guest welcomed the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Vietnamese Financial Minister and the Treasure of Australia in 2012 and agreed to early complete negotiations for a new MoU especially on budget management, allocation, public management, and the handling of NPLs. During a meeting with New South Wales Minister for Heritage Gabrielle Upton, Deputy PM Hue treasured the constructive contribution of New South Wales for Viet Nam-Australia relations, especially in education, tourism, people-to-people exchanges. So far, Sydney has become a familiar destination of Vietnamese citizens. …... [read more]

ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh (Source: VNA)   Jakarta (VNA) – Norway commits to enhancing and deepening cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as its member countries. The message was conveyed by new Ambassador of Norway to ASEAN Morten Hoglund while presenting his credentials to ASEAN General Secretary Le Luong Minh at the ASEAN headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 21. The ambassador praised ASEAN’s important role in maintaining peace, security and stability, and spurring economic growth in the region. ASEAN General Secretary Minh said Norway is the first sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN to appoint its ambassador to the association, demonstrating the country’s commitment to strengthening its collaboration with the ten-member group. The same day, the second meeting of the ASEAN-Norway Joint Sectoral Cooperation Committee (AN-JSCC) was held under the chair of ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Political-Security Community Hirubalan V P and Ambassador Hoglund. During the meeting, the two sides reiterated their commitment to intensifying and deepening their bilateral cooperation. The meeting approved a priority plan for the ASEAN-Norway sectoral partnership – the foundation of comprehensive cooperation between the two sides. Currently, their affiliation in peace, reconciliation, navigation, energy and connectivity, and the initiative for ASEAN integration (IAI) have been unified. Other priority cooperation areas include trade and investment development, covering macro, small and medium-sized enterprises, climate change combat, people-to-people exchange, along with educational…... [read more]

The visit is also a chance for Vietnam and India to adopt measures to promote their comprehensive relationship as well as facilitating business deals. The traditional friendship between Vietnam and India originates from their common historical links in culture, religion and trade. It was established and fostered by President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and by other generations of leaders and people of the two countries. The traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and India has developed significantly since the two countries established their diplomatic ties at an ambassadorial level on January 7, 1972. Vietnam has received valuable assistance from India in its post-war reconstruction process and its current economic development. Bilateral ties in politics, security and national defence have also developed well through high-level visit exchanges. Economically, two-way trade has increased by 20 percent per annum in recent years from US$375 million in 2002 to US$1.005 billion in 2006. Vietnam mainly exports coffee, coal, pepper, rubber, electronic products and footwear to India, and imports cattle feed, raw materials, metals, plastics, medicines, machinery equipment, garment and pharmaceutical accessories, chemicals and pesticides from the South Asian country. Both countries are trying to reduce Vietnam’s import surplus and raise bilateral trade to US$1.5-2 billion in the next two or three years. The year 2007 marked a breakthrough in India’s investment in Vietnam. In February, Essar group agreed a US$527 million project to produce hot rolled steel in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. Three months later, Tata group signed…... [read more]

India and Indonesia have developed their time-honoured relationship with Vietnam. The Indian people have supported Vietnam in its past wars of resistance for national independence and unification and in its current process of Doi Moi (Renewal) and economic development. Top Vietnamese and Indian leaders have maintained regular exchanges of reciprocal visits, established a strategic partnership between the two countries, and provided mechanisms for bilateral cooperation. They have established the Joint Commission for Cooperation in Economics, Culture, Science and Technology, and conducted political consultations between their Ministries of Foreign Affairs. They have signed many agreements on bilateral cooperation and supported each other in regional and international forums. As part of its foreign policy of diversification and multilateralisation of international relations, Vietnam always attaches great importance to developing relations with India. In turn, via its Look East policy, India wants to expand relations with countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Vietnam. Since the two countries established diplomatic ties nearly 40 years ago, their cooperative relations have grown and flourished in many areas: politics, culture, education-training, and science-technology, bringing practical results to both sides. India has provided more than 100 scholarships for Vietnamese students annually to study agriculture, informatics, English and remote sensing under bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects. It has also provided assistance and cooperated with Vietnam in science-technology, human resources development for the IT industry, and animal and plant cross-breeding. Regular cultural and people-to-people exchanges have helped increase mutual understanding, solidarity and friendship. Indonesia is Vietnam’s long-standing…... [read more]




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