The opening session of the Fourth High-Level Economic Dialogue (Source: VNA)
Paris – Vietnam and France decided to prioritise cooperation in green growth and easing the impact of climate change on agriculture during the Fourth High-Level Economic Dialogue in Paris on July 25.
The two sides agreed to work to remove barriers to market access in order to boost bilateral trade and investment collaboration between businesses.
They also looked into key French ODA-funded projects covering the Hanoi Train Station-Nhon urban metro rail, medical equipment supply for the Can Tho city General Hospital and the launch of the second remote sensing satellite VNRED Sat-2.
At the annual dialogue, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong and French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad Matthias Fekl described the event as part of preparations for the State visit to Vietnam by French President Francois Hollande early September.
Fekl stressed that France attaches importance to its relationship with Vietnam – one of the most dynamic economies in the Southeast Asian region.
The official welcomed Vietnam’s open policy, which, he said, has prompted France to sign multiple agreements with Vietnam.
He suggested the two countries step up their affiliation in energy, health care, food safety, urban infrastructure, environment and digital services.
With strength in technology, French companies can meet Vietnam’s development demands, he said.
A delegation of leading French businesses is scheduled to accompany President Hollande during his visit to Vietnam, Fekl noted, expressing his hope that the trip will create a boost for the development of the two countries’ comprehensive relations.
Phuong said that the annual dialogue offers an opportunity for the two countries to promote their bonds in economy, trade, investment and development.
Vietnam places importance on its economic ties with France, he said.-VNA