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Vietnam, France to expand aviation cooperation

Released at: 18:36, 17/05/2019

Vietnam, France to expand aviation cooperation

Deputy Prime Minister met the French delegation. Photo: Baochinhphu.vn

French delegation pays recent visit to seek more opportunities in aviation.

by Le Diem

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung welcomed leading French corporations in aviation, such as the ADP Group, ACOEM, and Brueau Veritas Vietnam, on their recent visit to Vietnam to broaden bilateral trade.

He said the Vietnam-France strategic partnership is developing well in all fields, especially in economics, trade, and investment. Many leading French companies are investing in Vietnam in a host of fields, including aviation infrastructure development, service management, and flight safety.

These projects will help Vietnam improve and modernize its infrastructure and also bring returns for French investors, according to Deputy PM Dung. He expects enterprises from the two countries to expand their cooperation in the time to come.

On behalf of the French delegation, First Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission of France to Vietnam Olivier Sigaud said aviation is an important area in economic and commercial cooperation between Vietnam and France. The two countries also have long-standing relations in civil aviation.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) and the French Civil Aviation Authority signed contracts for technical cooperation during the visit. French enterprises have supplied aircraft and engines to Vietnamese airlines. The two countries also work together in aircraft engine maintenance and air traffic management equipment.

France is cooperating with Vietnam to modernize the latter’s aviation infrastructure and train human resources for the industry.

It is now implementing key projects in Vietnam, such as a technical assistance project between ADPi and the CAAV expanding Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. These projects will contribute to cutting congestion at these airports and allow them to cater to the rapid increase in travel demand of both domestic and international visitors.

French corporations at the meeting believe the potential for cooperation between the two countries remains huge, especially in the aviation industry.

France is Vietnam’s fourth-largest trade partner in Europe, with two-way trade hitting $5.1 billion last year, a year-on-year increase of 10.8 per cent. It is also the leading official development assistance provider to Vietnam.

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