The visit took place in the context of growing relations between Vietnam and Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium; on the eve of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023. Meanwhile, the ASEAN-EU 45th Anniversary Summit has special significance.
Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium are all leading partners of Vietnam in Europe in terms of trade and investment; has many strengths in line with Vietnam’s security and development goals in response to climate change, renewable energy, high technology, etc. Countries attach importance to Vietnam’s position and role in the region, already has frameworks of Comprehensive Partnership, Strategic Partnership on Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture with Vietnam, determined to work with Vietnam to comprehensively promote cooperation on the occasion of the Prime Minister’s visit. The three countries hosted the Prime Minister and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation with a solemn ceremony. The Prime Minister met and discussed with most of the senior leaders of the Government, the National Assembly and the Royal Family, showing that the 3 countries highly appreciate the visit and attach importance to relations with Vietnam.
Official welcome ceremony in Belgium
During the talks and meetings, the leaders of the countries all expressed their impressions of socio-economic development achievements, highly appreciated Vietnam’s increasing international position, and affirmed that Vietnam is a partner in the world. important in the Indo-Pacific region. The countries affirmed their desire to join Vietnam in deepening and effective cooperation, sustainable economic development after the pandemic, effectively handling international issues and jointly responding to challenges. global consciousness. Countries consider Vietnam as one of the most dynamic and potential developing economies in the context of the world’s economic difficulties.
Vietnam has taken advantage of promoting cooperation in areas where the three countries have strengths to serve security and development goals. For Luxembourg, it is connecting access to investment capital and finance with preferential conditions, especially green finance, through the early establishment of a Green Finance Strategic Partnership. With the Netherlands and Belgium, it is to promote cooperation in digital transformation, innovation and science and technology, and to establish high-tech centers under the tripartite model (Government, Research Institutes, enterprises).
Prime Minister walking with Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Vietnam and other countries agreed to closely coordinate and support each other at international forums and organizations such as the ASEAN-EU cooperation framework, ASEM, and the UN. Regarding the East Sea, the leaders of the countries affirmed their support for ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the region; settle disputes by peaceful means, on the basis of international law, especially UNCLOS 1982; support the fair, substantive and effective COC negotiation process between ASEAN and China. Countries pledged to support Vietnam in finance, technology, human resource training and perfecting institutions to reduce emissions, convert energy and develop sustainably.
During the business trip, the Prime Minister and high-ranking Vietnamese delegation visited and met with many major partners, especially centers with symbolic significance for the development of these European countries. At these stops, the Prime Minister and the Vietnamese Delegation clearly stated important goals.
Arriving in Luxembourg, the Prime Minister stated the goal and asked Luxembourg to support Vietnam building an international financial center in Ho Chi Minh City. When he went to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, the Prime Minister said that Vietnam is a frontier market. pfighting for the emerging stock marketTherefore, it is recommended to cooperate and support to improve institutions, digital transformation technology, manage the market to develop openly, transparently, safely, healthy, sustainable, and develop human resources. The Luxembourg Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange in the world to have a trading floor dedicated to green securities and is currently listing half of the world’s green bonds. To be listed here, these bonds must meet the green and sustainable standards of international organizations, have periodic reports on projects using capital from bonds, etc.
Share with Youth, a representative of the Vietnam Stock Exchange said that through a memorandum of cooperation signed in Luxembourg with the witness of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and the Vietnam Stock Exchange. committed to bilateral cooperation to raise awareness among market participants, as well as promote and develop sustainable finance initiatives; with a common vision to contribute to improving the sustainability and transparency of the stock market.
In Amsterdam, the Prime Minister said that with a coastline of 3,260 km, Vietnam wishes to cooperate with the Netherlands in the construction of seaports, contributing to realizing the goal of making Vietnam a city. logistics center, international transshipment of goods. When he arrived at the Brainport hi-tech park, the Prime Minister asked the Netherlands for support building innovation and entrepreneurship centers, namely Brainport Hanoi as a model of Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven city of the Netherlands. This is considered a smart city and major technology center of Europe, the center of innovation, the center of economy, research and the largest higher education of the Netherlands, the cradle of many corporations. such as Philips, Daf Trucks, Brabantia, SendCloud…
In addition, while visiting the World Horti Center, which is considered an international hub of knowledge and innovation in greenhouse horticulture, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan said that Vietnam is trying to become one of the innovation center for the world food systemasking the Netherlands to accompany and support in that process.
Meanwhile, coming to Belgium, the Prime Minister visited and worked with the IMEC Center in Ho Chi Minh City. Leuven, Flanders Region, a leading Belgian and EU high-tech research and development center. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said that infrastructure, people and connectivity are the factors that make IMEC successful. The Prime Minister proposed that IMEC strengthen cooperation and connection with Vietnam as a market, where research and culture can complement IMEC’s success, and at the same time help Vietnam make progress. quickly with the spirit of win-win, “harmonious benefits, shared risks”.
The three business forums of Vietnam – Luxembourg, Vietnam – Netherlands, and Vietnam – Belgium show that the business communities of all three countries are very interested in the Vietnamese market. Not only that, each stop of the Prime Minister and meeting with leading businesses of each country are doors opening up opportunities for cooperation. Enterprises investing in Vietnam continue to appreciate the business environment, and also make specific suggestions to remove obstacles. Businesses that have not yet cooperated with the Vietnamese side expressed their interest and desire to seek opportunities. These include the Besi semiconductor manufacturing group or VDL Group, AAE Group, Heineken… in the Netherlands, or Blonde, AAVO Architects… in Belgium.
The CEO of Brussels Airport, Mr. Piet Demuter, announced the expected opening of a direct flight between Belgium and Vietnam. European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice President Kris Peeters committed to doing his best to promote relations with Vietnam and working to accelerate cooperation projects. The President of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, Carlo Thelen, assessed that Vietnam is the fastest growing economy in ASEAN, with the potential to develop a manufacturing and manufacturing hub. Luxembourg’s businesses are present in Vietnam and have strong beliefs about the relationship between the two sides. Luxembourg Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Tourism Lex Delles highly appreciated the development of Vietnam’s economy and wished that the two countries could expand bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism.
Mr. Damien Van Oost, CEO of AAVO Architects (headquartered in Belgium), shared with Youth very impressed with the country and people of Vietnam. “We are considering reopening our office in Southeast Asia due to the closure of our office in Singapore due to the Covid-19 epidemic and are considering a number of options, and are also looking for new cooperation opportunities. That’s why I came to this forum,” he said.
Mr. Stefan Blonde, Director of Blonde company (headquartered in Belgium), expressed to Youth that he was very impressed with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh when participating in the Vietnam – Belgium Business Forum.
Reply Youth At the Vietnam – Luxembourg Business Forum, Mr. Tom Kunsch, General Director of ExecuJet Asia and Managing Director of the Asia branch of Luxaviation Group – one of the largest commercial aircraft and helicopter operators In the world, Vietnam is considered a dynamic market and worth waiting for.
Within the framework of the visit, in each country, the Prime Minister chaired a business forum, met and worked with leaders of regions and dozens of large corporations and enterprises; 30 cooperation agreements between ministries, localities, research institutes and enterprises have been signed.
Also during the business trip, the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh took an active, active part in making important and responsible contributions to the overall success of the ASEAN Commemorative Summit. – The EU, both in the process of preparing for the organization, participated in the discussion at the Conference as well as in the drafting of the document. The Conference adopted a Joint Declaration.
Prime Minister speaks at ASEAN-EU business conference
At the Conference, the Prime Minister spoke highly of the special significance of this Commemorative Summit and shared some orientations:
– The two sides need to be persistent with their goals, renew their thinking, act resolutely, promote the Strategic Partnership, cooperate with balance, equality, harmonize benefits, and share risks. The Prime Minister affirmed that Vietnam always accompanies EU businesses to invest and do business in Vietnam, and at the same time asked the EU to urgently remove the “yellow card” for Vietnamese seafood and soon ratify the Investment Protection Agreement. Vietnam-EU.
– Emphasizing the global approach to responding to challenges, the Prime Minister reiterated Vietnam’s strong commitment to combating climate change, green and sustainable development. The Prime Minister asked the EU to provide maximum support to Vietnam in establishing the Fair Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) of the G7 Group, expecting the EU to share information, experience, green, clean and cheap new technologies. deeply participate in cooperation in innovation, digital transformation, green economy development, circular economy…, cooperate with ASEAN to develop sub-regions, including the Mekong.
– Facing changes in the situation, the Prime Minister suggested that ASEAN and the EU take peace and stability as goals, and consider dialogue and cooperation as tools on the basis of the rule of law. The Prime Minister suggested ASEAN, EU and other countries strive to build the East Sea into a sea of peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development.
The Prime Minister met leaders attending the ASEAN-EU Summit.
Also attending the conference, the Prime Minister had meetings with many leaders of countries and partners, thereby further strengthening Vietnam’s relations with partners.
Prime Minister arrives in Hanoi