Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala flew to Danang in central Vietnam on January 26 to examine the city’s investment environment, reported Vietnam Net.
Hautala, who is being accompanied by a number of Finnish businesses, is visiting Vietnam at the invitation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
At a meeting with Danang Vice Mayor Phung Tan Viet, Hautala said Finnish businesses are experienced in development projects, especially in poverty reduction and water supply, and they hope to seek more opportunities for investment in Danang and other localities in Vietnam.
Viet welcomed Hautala’s visit and briefed his guest on the outcome of cooperation between Danang and Finland’s Salo city since both cities signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation relations in November 2011.
A cooperation project on business innovations between Danang and Salo has been implemented effectively in the city, Viet said.
He expressed belief that Hautala’s visit will foster business links between the two cities and two countries.
The same day, the Finnish Minister inspected a project to help people with disability access information technology and increase community integration. The project is financed by Fida International Ry, a non-governmental organisation of Finland.
Meeting with Vietnamese PM
At a January 25 meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi, Hautala confirmed that Vietnam is a traditional partner in Finland’s development cooperation policy, and hoped that the Vietnamese government will facilitate Finnish operations in the country.