Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung heads for the Netherlands, Uzbekistan
and Ukraine on Sept. 27 on official visits aimed at further
strengthening friendly relations and multi-faceted cooperation between
Vietnam and these countries.
Dung embarks on his
trip at the invitation of Dutch PM Mark Rutte, Uzbekistan PM Shavkat
Mirzieev and Ukrainian PM Mykola Azarov.
* Vietnam, Netherlands: implementing strategic partnership in coping with climate change
Vietnam and the Netherlands established diplomatic relations in April,
1973 and bilateral ties have seen strong developments since the 1990s.
Two-way trade has been increasing at an annual average of 15 percent,
reaching 1.96 billion USD in 2010 and 900 million USD in the first half
of this year, with Vietnam enjoying a trade surplus. The Netherlands is
currently Vietnam’s fourth largest export market in Europe, after
Germany, the UK and France, buying mainly footwear, garments, cashew
nuts, pepper, coffee, seafood, vegetables and wood products. It exports
to Vietnam milk, medicine, steel, plastics and chemicals.
The Netherlands also emerged as the biggest European investor in
Vietnam in 2010 with 153 valid investment projects capitalised at 5.6
billion USD, ranking 11 th among 92 countries and territories investing
in the Southeast Asian country. Prominent among Dutch projects in
Vietnam are the 2.1 billion USD Mong Duong power plant, the 410 million
USD Phu My 3 power plant and the 180 million USD Pepsico Vietnam .
Vietnam has one investment project in the Netherlands worth 5.6 million
USD in goods distribution.
The Netherlands has
provided non-refundable aid to Vietnam immediately after the
establishment of diplomatic relations, focusing on humanitarian
activities, education-training and health care, and later expanding to
preservation of forestry, the ecology and the environment. The
Netherlands pays special attention to cooperation with Vietnam in the
fields of coping with climate change and managing water resources.
During PM Dung’s up-coming visit, the two sides expect to discuss
measures to increase bilateral cooperation in priority areas and promote
the implementation of their strategic partnership in coping with
climate change and water resource management. They also plan to sign
several documents in environment, agriculture-animal husbandry and oil
* Vietnam, Uzbekistan: promoting cooperation in spearhead industries
Vietnam recognised Uzbekistan’s independence in 1991 and the two
countries set up diplomatic relations in January, 1992. The
Vietnam-Uzbekistan Joint Governmental Committee on Economic, Trade,
Scientific and Technical Cooperation was established in 1996. However,
bilateral economic cooperation remains modest compared to potential and
both sides’ aspiration. Two-way trade stood at 18.6 million USD in 2010
and 15.5 million USD in the first half of 2011, with Vietnam posting an
PM Dung will discuss with the
Uzbekistan side measures to boost the friendly ties and economic,
commercial and investment cooperation, in particular in spearhead
industries of oil and gas and agriculture.
*Vietnam, Ukraine: creating new driving force for comprehensive cooperation and partnership
Vietnam and Ukraine established diplomatic ties in January, 1992 and
have signed more than 20 agreements on cooperation in trade, maritime
shipping, aviation and culture-education.
trade stood at 256 million USD in 2010 but dropped to 95 million USD in
the first six months of 2011, a year-on-year decrease of 30 percent.
Energy is an important aspect in bilateral cooperation with several
major power projects such as the Hoa Binh, Thac Mo, Yaly hydro-power
plants and the 500kV transmission line. Ukraine currently has four
investment projects in Vietnam worth a total 24 million USD, focusing on
ship building and railway. Vietnamese businesses have invested 27
million USD in four projects in Ukraine, involving instant noodle
production, packaging and restaurants.
visit is expected to create a new driving force for the implementation
of the agreement on developing comprehensive cooperation and partnership
between the two countries, and look into specific measures to promote
economic ties and cooperation in education-training./.