Vietnamese delegates (R) meet with representatives from the Port of Rotterdam International (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has suggested stronger cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands in seaport development during a reception for Director of the Port of Rotterdam International (PORint) Rene Van Der Plas in The Hague on March 26 (local time).

During the meeting, the Vietnamese top legislator affirmed her ongoing official visit to the Netherlands aims to promote and further deepen the friendship and cooperation between the two nations in general and their parliaments in particular.

She also highlighted the fruitful bilateral relations across fields over the last 45 years, ceaselessly reinforced political trust. The two countries are now important economic and trade partners of each other.

Vietnam needs to learn from PORint’s experience in optimising the production and business process, and distributing goods globally, in close connection with the science and technology revolution in the transport and IT sectors, she stressed.  

In his response, Rene Van Der Plas briefed NA Chairwoman Ngan on PORint, one of the largest in Europe and the world, saying that it is a modern operation and management model, especially in creating added value processes, providing warehouses and distributing goods.

The port has worked as a trans-shipment port for about 460 million tonnes of goods, ranking eighth among the largest ports in the world, he noted.

PORint has attracted investment from many global leading enterprises, he said, adding that it is also connected to industrial parks, and has great potential for reaching production and consumption markets.

The top Vietnamese legislator asked PORint to support Ho Chi Minh City and other Vietnamese localities in planning, building and managing port infrastructure; maritime training; logistics service; flood tide and urban flood prevention.

While hailing the Dutch Government–funded International Business Programme on cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherland in sea, port and inland waterways, she expressed her belief that the programme will contribute to creating a smooth transport corridor in the multi-mode transport connection system in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region and Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA