National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong (L) and Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen (Source: VNA) 
Copenhagen (VNA) – National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong has affirmed that Vietnam encourages cooperation in the priority fields of agriculture, food processing, pollution treatment, shipbuilding, green growth and social welfare services during the Vietnam-Denmark economic cooperation forum held in Copenhagen on October 7.

The forum was part of the “Vietnamese Days in Denmark” on the occasion of the 45 th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (November 25).

In her speech, Phong said the Vietnamese economy has grown nearly 6 percent on average over the past 30 years with a stable socio-political climate and improving social welfares.

On the back of free trade agreements with 55 partners, including 15 from the G20, Vietnam is becoming a key link in the regional economic chain with its deeper participation in the global value chain.

Between now and 2020, Vietnam will continue restructuring the economy in combination with shifting to a new growth model through three strategic breakthroughs, including refining market economy regulations, modernising infrastructure and developing high-quality human resources, she said.

The establishment of strategic partnership in climate change, energy, environment and green growth in 2011 and the strategic partnership in 2013 is the strongest commitment of the two governments to creating the most favourable political-diplomatic environment for business communities, she added.

She pledged all possible support in legal and administrative procedures so as to double two-way trade once the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA) takes effect.

During a working session with Danish Minister of Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen earlier the same day, Phong said Vietnam wants to promptly sign the FTA with the EU to further Vietnam-Denmark ties in particular.

As Vietnam is one of the countries hard hit by climate change and saltwater intrusion, Phong wished that the Danish government would help the country with agricultural planning in adaptation to climate change.

In the October 7 evening, the Vietnamese official attended a ceremony opening the 45 th anniversary of Vietnam-Denmark ties in the capital city of Copenhagen.-VNA