Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Chairman of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) of Singapore Khaw Boon Wan (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted separate receptions in Hanoi on June 29 for Chairman of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) of Singapore Khaw Boon Wan.

Party leader Trong lauded the valuable assistance the PAP and Singaporean government have provided for the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) in personnel training.

He proposed that the two countries continue implementing their strategic partnership and collaborate closely at regional and global forums, especially the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and the United Nations.

Khaw, also Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister of Transport, informed the host of the outcomes of his talks with Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh, affirming that the PAP wants to develop multi-faceted ties with Vietnam.

He stressed the PAP will strive to promote the strategic partnership with Vietam, share experience with the CPV in various areas and cooperate with Vietnam to successfully host APEC meetings and implement the ASEAN Community.

Meeting the PAP leader the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called on the two countries to fully tap the mutally supplementary strengths of the two economies via the Framework Agreement on Vietnam-Singapore Connectivity.

Vietnam needs Singapore’s assistance to join global supply chains and attract investment in infrastructure and environment, he said.

Khaw said Singapore attaches importance to ties with Vietnam, particularly in investment and the building of hi-tech zones, software parks and aviation.

Singapore will continue partnering with Vietnam at regional and global forums and support Vietnam’s hosting of the APEC Summit, he said, adding that as Chair of ASEAN in 2018, Singapore will join hands with Vietnam and other ASEAN members to build a strong, united and prosperous ASEAN Community.

During the stay, the PAP delegation held a working session with Party Central Committee member and Transport Minister Truong Quang Nghia, visited the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in the northern province of Bac Ninh and met representatives from the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission, the Vietnam Women’s Union and the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.-VNA