Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his hope to further promote cooperation with the Netherlands in coping with climate change and rising sea levels during his meeting with Dutch Ambassador Joop Scheffers in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho on March 20.

Dung appreciated the Netherlands’ help in the field, meeting that the country is assisting Vietnam in numerous projects, including a project to create a long-term development plan for the Mekong Delta in the context of climate change and rising seal levels.

The PM said he hopes that the two countries will increase cooperation in areas that each side is strong, such as maritime economy, seaport and logistics services, while sharing experiences and technology in constructing flood control works, dealing with urban flooding and managing water resources.

He suggested that the Netherlands coordinate closely with sectors and ministries of Vietnam to successfully organise activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Netherlands diplomatic ties, including the stepping up of cooperation projects in response to climate change and rising sea levels.

Ambassador Scheffers, who is attending the International Water Day in Can Tho City, affirmed that the Netherlands is willing to share its experience in coping with climate change and water resource challenges with Vietnam and the Mekong Delta region.

He asserted that he will work closely with relevant Vietnamese agencies to hold practical activities to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries, including the scheduled visit by the Dutch Prime Minister, trade promotion, cultural exchanges, and Dutch investors’ fact-finding tours to Vietnam.-VNA