Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (R) welcomes Philippe Christodoulou, Vice President for Large Industries International Development of Air Liquide Group (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam encourages and creates favourable conditions for cooperation between Vietnamese and French enterprises, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has reaffirmed.

Dung hosted a reception in Hanoi on October 4 for Bertrand Lortholary, French Ambassador to Vietnam, and Philippe Christodoulou, Vice President for Large Industries International Development of Air Liquide Group.

He said that the Vietnam-France strategic partnership is growing well, reflected through the regular exchange of high-level delegations, including the France visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in March 2018.

Cooperation in culture, education, economics, trade and investment has become an important pillar in the bilateral ties, Dung stated, adding that France is currently Vietnam’s leading partner in Europe.

Ambassador Lortholary affirmed that many French enterprises are keen on running business and investment in Vietnam, especially in the fields France has strength and Vietnam has demand such as infrastructure, energy and hi-tech industry.

He expressed his belief that the two sides will promote multi-faceted cooperation, especially in collaboration between Vietnamese and French businesses.

Philippe Christodoulou shared since 1996, Air Liquide Group has continuously expanded its investment scale in Vietnam, with over 10 factories set up so far, providing gas for the automobile, metal, electronic, petrochemical, and healthcare sectors.

The group wants to participate in the Dung Quat Oil Refinery Plant expansion project and several energy projects in Vietnam, he stated.

For this proposal, Deputy PM Dung asked the group to work with the Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Joint Stock Company, the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to have a specific cooperation plan.

He stressed the highest target of ensuring the efficiency and quality of products of the Dung Quat Oil Refinery Plant after it is expanded and upgraded.-VNA