Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) receives Chairman of the Board of Austrian Vamed Group Ernst Wastler (Source: VNA)
Amsterdam (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted receptions for leaders of several economic groups and organisations in Amsterdam on July 9 as part of his ongoing official visit to the Netherlands.

Meeting with Chairman of the Board of Austrian Vamed Group Ernst Wastler, the PM thanked the group for its help to Vietnam’s public healthcare system over the past 20 years, particularly in the effective disbursement of official development assistance (ODA) loans of the Austrian government to modernise the hospital network in Vietnam.

Ernst Wastler said Vamed will continue to work with Vietnamese ministries and departments to seek more financial and equipment aid for Vietnam.

At his meeting with leaders of the Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance (EABA), PM Phuc spoke highly of the EABA’s role in connecting European and Southeast Asian businesses, especially in providing consultation and assistance to European enterprises in cooperating with Southeast Asian counterparts.

He stressed that the EU is a leading trade and investment partner of Vietnam, and there is great potential for economic cooperation between Vietnam and the EU in general and the Netherland in particular.

The Vietnamese Government will facilitate EU businesses’ investment in Vietnam in infrastructure, support industry, high technology, climate change adaptation, renewable energy and environment, he said.

He asked the EABA to make use of opportunities from the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement to boost EU investment in Vietnam and make inroads into the vast Asian-Pacific market.

EABA leaders said the alliance has been admitting members including multinational groups in finance, logistics, automation, agriculture, oil and gas, and healthcare, noting that they are the fields that Vietnam has potential for cooperation.

They affirmed the intention to promote the trade and investment partnership between ASEAN and the EU, and support the early signing of the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement to create a new momentum for Vietnam-EU economic collaboration.

During his reception for leaders of the Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC), PM Phuc recognised the active role of the NVCC in supporting the cooperation between Vietnamese and Dutch companies.

He proposed that the NVCC along with the Netherlands’ business community push the early signing and implementation of the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement as it will have strong impacts on the two countries’ trade relations.

The PM also sought NVCC’s help in encouraging Dutch firms to increase trade, investment and tourism cooperation with Vietnam via arranging delegation exchanges and fact-finding tours.

NVCC leaders pledged to work harder to connect the business communities of th two countries. -VNA