Vietnam and Norway have agreed to prioritise economic, trade and investment cooperation, particularly in the fields of shipping, shipbuilding, energy, oil and gas and seafood.

The agreement was reached during Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son’s visit to Norway from Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

During the two-day visit, Deputy FM Son held a working session with Minister of Industry and Trade Giske Trond and joined State Secretary Espen Barth Eide at the fifth annual political consultation between the two foreign ministries.

The Deputy FM joined Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gar Store at the 40th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the two countries’ diplomatic ties and opened a seminar on Vietnam tourism promotion.

At the events, the Norwegian side pledged its continued provision of official development assistance to Vietnam, focusing on coping with climate change and helping Vietnam implement the second phase of the United Nations programme on reducing emissions through fighting deforestation and forest degradation.

The two sides discussed in-depth international and regional issues of mutual concern and were unanimous in boosting bilateral cooperation in multilateral forums and international organisations, especially the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)./.