Vietnam, Indonesia look to boost health, economic, tourism cooperation hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Pham Vinh Quang speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)
Jakarta (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesia-Vietnam Friendship Association, held a webinar on health, economic and tourism cooperation and policy recommendations for the two countries amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on November 8.

Present the event were Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno, Governor of Bali province Wayan Koster, Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Denny Abdi, First Executive Secretary of the Indonesian Committee for the COVID-19 Response and National Economic Recovery Raden Pardede, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu, and Chairperson of the Indonesia - Vietnam Friendship Association Budiarsa Sastrawinata, together with nearly 150 delegates from ministries, sectors and businesses of the two countries.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Pham Vinh Quang said that both Vietnam and Indonesia are emerging from recent waves of COVID-19 outbreaks, pursuing a strategy of living with COVID-19 and focusing on accelerating post-pandemic economic recovery.

At the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits in late October, Vietnam, Indonesia and other ASEAN members approved the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) to orient a common strategy to overcome the pandemic.

In this context, the Vietnamese diplomat proposed the two nations intensify cooperation in fighting the pandemic, improve community medical capacity and social welfare, and get ready to respond to future challenges.

For his part, Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Denny Abdi reaffirmed that the two countries are strong partners in the fields of economics and development. Vietnam is Indonesia's fourth largest economic partner in ASEAN and its ninth largest export market. The two countries currently account for about 60 percent of ASEAN's population and 45 percent of total GDP of ASEAN.

The two countries still hold much potential for cooperation, especially in fisheries, high technology and digital economy.

Minister Sandiaga Uno proposed the tourism industry should have strategic orientations, and quickly innovate to adapt to uncertain, complex and unclear changes like./.