Hanoi (VNA) – A meeting was held in Hanoi on December 8 to introduce cooperation opportunities between Vietnam’s small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and PUM Netherlands senior experts - a volunteer organisation committed to the sustainable development of SMEs in developing countries and emerging markets.

The event, organised on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the Netherlands, aimed to intensify people-to-people exchanges, thus opening up new cooperation opportunities for both countries’ enterprises.

Chairing the meeting, Vice President of the Vietnam - Netherlands Friendship and Cooperation Association (VNFCA) Dinh Thi Minh Nguyet, who is also former Ambassador to the Netherlands in the 2002-2006 tenure, said that the bilateral relationship has been developing well in numerous fields such as climate change response, water management, agriculture, sea-based economy, and logistics.

The event offered a chance for Vietnamese SMEs to learn about PUM and gain access to senior experts’ knowledge and consultancy so as to serve their business activities and have cooperation orientations with Dutch enterprises, Nguyet added.

According to Chief Representative of PUM in Vietnam Tran Quoc Long, PUM currently has 150 representative offices in more than 30 countries.

Its experts work in 50 aspects, with those in Vietnam concentrating on vocational training, agriculture, start-up and tourism. With nearly 30 years operating in Vietnam, the organisation has provided assistance for about 100 small projects each year.

PUM has also sent experts to Vietnam to help the country implement new projects sustainably.

The organisation has been present in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the central city of Da Nang, the Central Highlands city of Da Lat, the Mekong Delta and adjacent areas.-VNA