Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held meetings with his New Zealand, UK and Pakistani counterparts on the sidelines of the second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul on March 27.
At his meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, both leaders said they were pleased with the Vietnam-New Zealand comprehensive partnership in all fields, especially economics, trade, investment, culture and education.
They agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas of their advantages as well as in international forums such as the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the East Asia Summit (EAS), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
PM Nguyen Tan Dung said the two countries should implement the 2010-2013 action plan and prepare to develop another for the next period. He proposed that they should co-ordinate well to organize the fourth session of the Vietnam-New Zealand Joint-Committee for Economic and Trade Cooperation this year, speed up negotiations for signing an agreement on double taxation avoidance and another agreement in education and training cooperation, and implement a New Zealand – Vietnam Working Holiday Scheme Arrangement.
Prime Minister John Key said he, too, hopes the two countries will co-operate successfully in both regional and international forums, strengthen exchanges of national defense delegations, and boost cooperation in logistics and national defense industries. He asked Vietnam to create favourable conditions for New Zealand businesses to invest in the country and step up the implementation of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area Agreement (AANZFTA) to promote trade, investment and help enterprises seek investment opportunities and strengthen cooperation in education and labour.
At another meeting with UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung highlighted the UK’s role in ensuring nuclear security and safety as well as its proposals for the success of the summit.
PM Dung also reiterated Vietnam’s policy of prioritising nuclear security and safety in using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Vietnam is accelerating the completion of mechanisms for nuclear power and hopes other nations, including the UK, will share their experiences in the field, said Mr Dung.
Regarding the strategic partnership between the two countries, PM Dung suggested both sides continue enhancing dialogues, cooperation, and the exchange of information and experiences in the fields of mutual concern at both bilateral and multilateral forums, in addition to promoting cooperation in economics, trade, investment and education.
PM Dung expressed his wish that the UK will continue providing support to Vietnam to develop the Vietnam-UK University to international standards and promote favourable conditions for Vietnamese students to study in the UK.
The UK Deputy Prime Minister said he was delighted with the strong development of the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership and highlighted the implementation of the Action Plan for 2012. He proposed that both sides facilitate business, increase cooperation, and strive to reach US$4 billion in two-way trade next year.
PM Dung also met with his Pakistani counterpart, Raza Gillani, and both were pleased with the fine relationship between the two countries, especially the sharp increase in two-way trade turnover, which reached US$325 million in 2011. The two PMs acknowledged their countries’ efforts in preparing for signing agreements on investment promotion and protection and crime prevention. PM Dung said as a result of bilateral cooperation yet match the full potential of the two countries, Vietnam and Pakistan should diversify their commercial commodities and strengthen partnerships in investment, culture, education and training.
The Pakistani PM also requested that both sides conduct more high level exchange visits in the future and actively implement the agreements signed at the second Vietnam-Pakistan Joint Commission in 2010 and the first session of the Vietnam-Pakistan Trade Sub-Committee in 2011 in Hanoi.
While meeting with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, PM Dung said he was delighted at the success both sides enjoyed in celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2011.
In addition to decades of successful relations, Vietnam and Denmark recently established strategic partnerships in the areas of climate change adaptation, environmental protection, green growth and energy.
Mr Schmidt asked Vietnam to offer incentives to Danish investors to maintain long-term businesses in the country, especially in the areas of food processing, renewable energy, green and environmentally-friendly technology.
At a reception for European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Mr Dung asked the EU to kick-start negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement and to soon recognize Vietnam as a market economy.
Later, Mr Dung met with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. The Vietnamese leader said he hopes that Finland will continue to assist Vietnam in the areas of poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and forestry.
In a discussion with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, both leaders agreed to work closely to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2013. Though bilateral trade topped US$5billion in 2011, Mr Dung said Vietnam and Australia have the potential for reaching higher targets.
Ms Gillard said she hopes the two countries will further cooperate in economics, commerce, investment, high technology, education, security and national defense and other activities at regional and international forums.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung has been in Seoul for the second Nuclear Security Summit and an official visit to the RoK at the invitation of President Lee Myung-bak.