Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman speaks at the workshop (Source: VNA)

Hai Phong (VNA) - Opportunities for investing in the northern port city of Hai Phong and orientations for forming a smart and modern port economy in the locality were discussed at a workshop on September 21.

Jointly organised by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Vietnam and the municipal People’s Committee, the workshop is part of the activities in the on-going “Dutch Days” event in Hai Phong on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam- Netherlands diplomatic ties.

Dutch participants shared their experience in operating ports in line with smart and energy-saving models through using natural energy as well as experience in collecting and recycling packaging materials towards circulating production.

Speaking at the workshop, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Thanh said the city has many advantages, as it is a gateway connecting between Vietnam and the world.

Local authorities have built a development plan, focusing on infrastructure systems and foreign direct investment, he noted.

Investment for infrastructure development has contributed to helping Hai Phong create socio-economic breakthroughs, he said, but also noting that the city are facing great challenges related to out-of-sync traffic infrastructure, solid waste treatment, flooding, environmental pollution, and traffic jam.

Dutch Ambassador Elsbeth Akkerman highlighted the strong development of bilateral relations across various fields, saying that the development has been bolstered thanks to investment and trade activities of Dutch investors in Vietnam.

The same day, the diplomat visited the Saigon Newport Corporation (SNC) and the Hai Phong International Container Terminal Co., Ltd - a partner of the SNC in Hai Phong.

She also paid a courtesy visit to Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Tung and officials from local departments and sectors, during which the diplomat affirmed that Hai Phong is one of the strategic destinations in Vietnam of Dutch firms which are operating in shipbuilding, maritime and logistics industry, and smart port development.

There are more and more Dutch enterprises operating in Hai Phong, she said, noting that port development, logistics and smart urban planning are potential spheres for the Netherlands and Hai Phong to boost collaboration for mutual benefit.

The Netherlands is willing to share its experience with Vietnam in these fields, she added.-VNA