With new Vietnam-Danish activities ready a Joint Action Plan was signed on 23 February by Director General of Europe Department Le Dung and Denmark’s Ambassador Charlotte Laursen. This action plans aims at strengthening the bilateral cooperation and is part of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement. It focuses on new activities to be implemented in 2016 within politics and diplomacy, trade and investment, green growth and climate, education and research as well as culture.
Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh expected that Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Charlotte Laursen will contribute to enhancing Vietnam-Denmark Comprehensive Partnership at his reception for the newly-appointed Ambassador on February 25.
Hailing the active development in the two nations’ Comprehensive Partnership, the Deputy PM confirmed that Vietnam attaches importance to the effective relationship and cooperation with Denmark.
The 2016 action plan, he said, is filled with crucial and realistic activities in such areas as politics, economics, environment, education-training and culture.
On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, Deputy PM Minh thanked Denmark for its Official Development Assistance for Vietnam, proposing the Ambassador closely cooperate with the Vietnamese ministries, agencies and localities to deepen the bilateral relations in all fields, especially in the context that the two sides will celebrate the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
Ambassador Charlotte Laursen said that the Danish Government hopes to strengthen the effective cooperation with Viet Nam, one of the 10 prioritized partners in Denmark’s Growth Strategy.
She committed to coordinating with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and functional agencies to boost up effective cooperation in fields of adaption to climate change, environment, energy, education and green growth.
Denmark will accelerate the connection between the two sides’ businesses to take full advantage of the Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement.
Two-way trade turnover between the two countries attained US$500 million in 2015. Currently, as many as 130 Danish businesses are operating in Viet Nam.
In 2013 Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang paid an official state visit to Denmark, where the bilateral Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (CPA), which is the cornerstone of the future cooperation between Denmark and Vietnam, was signed.
Sources: Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, VGP – online newspaper of the government