The Finns leaders voiced their support for Vietnam

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, Parliament Speaker Paavo Lipponen, Minister of Trade and Industry Mauri Pekkarinen and Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Paula Lehtomaki have affirmed that Viet Nam will be a priority in their development aid policy while meeting Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan on separate occasions in Finland.
     The Finnish leaders voiced their support, in their development aid policy especially in energy, afforestation, safe water, rural development, and environmental protection for Viet Nam.
     Also they expressed their desire to support Viet Nam’s economic, trade and investment cooperation for long-term mutual benefits.
     They spoke highly of the success of the fifth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM-5) Summit and asked Viet Nam to share its experience to help them host the sixth ASEM Summit in Helsinki in 2006.
     Deputy PM Khoan thanked the Finnish government and people for their generous assistance to Viet Nam over the past years and suggested ways to enhance bilateral friendly cooperation during his visit to Finland from 11-13 November 2004
     He also called on the Finnish enterprises, especially those specializing in telecom, energy and shipbuilding, to promote investment in and trade with Viet Nam.
     During his visit, Deputy PM Khoan witnessed the signing ceremony of an agreement on Finland’s multilateral sponsorship to the Viet Nam Forestry Development Fund and attended the celebration of the 10th anniversary of cooperation between the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Viet Nam.

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