Overview of the talks between Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Doris Leuthard, a member of Switzerland’s Federal Council and head of the Federation Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication in Hanoi on April 3 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh has proposed that the Swiss Government continue paying attention to cooperation with Vietnam in energy development, renewable and green energy as well as climate change response.

He hosted Doris Leuthard, a member of Switzerland’s Federal Council and head of the Federation Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication in Hanoi on April 3.

Minister Anh showed his belief that the Swiss official’s visit will bring about new breakthroughs in the partnership between the two countries.

He said that currently, Vietnam is opening its door and integrating into the world and that it will sign a free trade agreement with the EU and will implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

A free trade agreement between Vietnam and four members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein – will be signed soon.

He said that he believes that the deals will create favourable conditions and open up new opportunities for cooperation between Vietnam and its partners, including Switzerland.

For her part, Leuthard said that Swiss firms were interested in Vietnam and seeking investment opportunities in energy.

She affirmed that Switzerland highly values ties with Vietnam in all fields, highlighting affiliation potential between the two countries in the future, especially when progress has been seen in negotiations for the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the EFTA.

She agreed with Minister Anh that once the deal becomes effective, along with joint efforts of the governments, ministries, sectors, localities and businesses of both sides, the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Switzerland will continue thriving.-VNA