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PM talks business with Dutch groups

Released at: 15:30, 12/07/2017

PM talks business with Dutch groups

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) shakes hands with a Dutch businessman. Photo: VGP

Vietnam is making concerted efforts to build a development-facilitating and transparent government and create favorable conditions for both domestic and foreign enterprises, PM tells meeting with Dutch groups on July 10.

by Nguyen Quoc

During his meeting with leaders of several large groups in the Netherlands on July 10, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that Vietnam is making concerted efforts to build a development-facilitating and transparent government and to create favorable conditions for both domestic and foreign enterprises, according to a report from the Vietnam News Agency.

Meeting with the Damen Group, PM Phuc underlined that Vietnam is prioritizing the shipbuilding industry to develop its economy and enhance its defense capacity.

He lauded a contract to build six new multi-function ships inked between the group and a Vietnamese partner at the Vietnam-Netherlands Business Forum. He also asked Damen to continue its cooperation with and technology transfer to Vietnamese enterprises so that they can manufacture special-purpose vessels for socioeconomic and defense development.

Talking to Puma Energy executives, PM Phuc spoke highly of its investment activities in Vietnam over the last 20 years. The group’s bitumen production business in Vietnam has made significant contributions to developing traffic infrastructure and helping Vietnamese engineers access modern and environmentally-friendly technology, he said.

The head of Puma Energy thanked the Vietnamese Government for facilitating foreign businesses to invest in the country and expressed a desire to take part in the equitization of certain State-owned enterprises in Vietnam.

At a meeting with the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, on July 11, the PM promised to encourage the port city’s businesses to invest in Vietnam in fields where they possess strengths.

The Mayor said that Rotterdam is keen to expand its multifaceted cooperation with Vietnamese localities, particularly Ho Chi Minh City, in the planning, building, and management of port infrastructure, navigation training, logistics services, and the prevention of flood tides and urban inundation.

He said he has visited Vietnam several times and was impressed by the country’s dynamism and development efforts, adding that Rotterdam is willing to support Ho Chi Minh City to cope with climate change.

The PM said he highly valued the support and close coordination between the two cities over the last few years regarding climate change adaptation and recognized the Mayor’s contributions to these endeavors.

He stressed that the Vietnamese Government pays great attention to boosting comprehensive cooperation with the Netherlands and encouraged the two localities to increase trade and investment partnerships and exchange management experience in urban planning and waste treatment and drainage.

The PM asked the Mayor to call on Rotterdam businesses to increase their presence in Vietnam and hoped the city would support the country’s central and Mekong Delta regions to prevent erosion, saltwater intrusion, and rising sea levels.

At a meeting with the Director of the Staff of the Delta Programme Commissioner Hermen Borst, PM Phuc thanked the Netherlands for supporting Vietnam in implementing strategic partnership agreements on climate change adaptation, water management, sustainable agriculture, and food security in recent years.

He noted that Vietnam is particularly interested in experience and measures to cope with climate change and hopes that the Netherlands will provide more assistance in the field.

The PM also applauded the Delta Programme, which was launched in 2010 to prevent flooding, ensure water supply for agriculture and industry, and cope with climate change in urban areas.

Mr. Borst said he is ready to share his individual experience and support Vietnam in water management and climate change adaptation.

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