Deputy PM Minh’s Romania visit to deepen bilateral cooperation
Updated : Friday, July 06, 2018 9:24 AM (GMT+0700)

Theupcoming official visit to Romania by Deputy Prime Minister and ForeignMinister Pham Binh Minh and his spouse from July 6-7 aims to reaffirm Vietnam’sconsistency in its foreign policy and deepen the efficiency-orientedcooperation between the two countries, Vietnamese Ambassador to Romania TranThanh Cong has affirmed.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh - Photo: VNA

The diplomat told the pressahead of Minh’s visit that the friendship between Vietnam and Romania has beenwell cultivated over the past 68 years. 

Vietnamese people alwayskeep in mind the support provided by the Romanian people and Government duringtheir historic struggle for national liberation, as well as the present-daynational construction and development, he said. 

Romania backed Vietnam’s bidto run for both a seat at the UN Human Rights Council for 2014-2016 and injoining the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), Cong recalled. 

Highlighting the outstandingprogress Vietnam has made in economic development, the ambassador said Minh’svisit is expected to help connect the two economies and elevate theirrelationship to a new level. 

He said that the politicaltrust between the two countries has always been continuously consolidated. Thetwo sides have maintained high-level visits and meetings, and increaseddelegation exchanges between ministries and agencies. 

Besides, Vietnam and Romaniahave supported each other in the international arena and at multilateral forumslike the United Nations (UN), the Francophone community, and the Asia-EuropeMeeting (ASEM). 

Assuming the rotarypresidency of the EU in the first half of 2019, Romania will work as a bridgebetween Vietnam and other EU member countries. In response, Vietnam will makeefforts to help Romania reinforce its ties with the Association of SoutheastAsian Nations (ASEAN), Cong said.

He added that significantprogress has been made in the bilateral economic links, with Vietnam’s exportturnover to Romania in the first four months of 2018 exceeding 42 million USD,up 24.43 percent year-on-year. 

The diplomat expressed hishope that the 16th meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic Cooperation –scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2018 in Bucharest, Romania –will be a boost for trade and investment cooperation between the twocountries. 

Cong cited experts as sayingthat the abolishment of the majority of import duties in the future under theEU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) – expected to take effect this year –will benefit Vietnamese businesses and help increase Vietnam’s export turnoverfor Europe in general, and Romania in particular. 

He added that Vietnam is oneof Romania’s leading labour suppliers, with the number of Vietnamese guestworkers in the country increasing from 300 to 1,500 within a year. 

Apart from cooperationbetween the two countries’ localities, that in culture and education-traininghas also received due attention from high-ranking leaders of the two countries,the ambassador said. 

He cited the cooperationagreement in education signed during former Romanian Prime Minister DacianCiorlos’s visit to Vietnam in 2016, under which Romania pledged to increase itsscholarships to Vietnam from 10 to 20 each year. Romania has so far trainedmore than 3,000 Vietnamese students and postgraduates of differentmajors. 

Cong suggested the twocountries increase the exchange of delegations at all levels, organise furthercultural and art exchange programmes and exhibitions, while also expandingpartnerships in economy-trade, culture, education, science-technology, tourism,and employment. 

Vietnam and Romania shouldwork together to bring their trade ties to a new level, he said, calling on thetwo Governments to offer incentives to businesses which are pioneers ininvesting in the respective markets. 

He also proposedestablishing a joint venture specialising in the producing and processing ofseafood, wine, and agricultural products to export to other countries. 

Cong noted his belief thatDeputy PM and FM Minh’s visit will create optimal conditions, betteropportunities, and a greater momentum for the two countries to seek newmeasures in order to advance their bilateral ties more effectively andsustainably.


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