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NA Chairwoman's activities in Netherlands

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan arrived at Schiphol International Airport, Amsterdam, on March 26 morning (local time), beginning her three-day official visit to the Netherlands at the invitation of Speaker of the Dutch House of Representatives Khadija Arib.

As the first visit of a Vietnamese NA leader to the country, the trip aims to consolidate friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with the Netherlands amid the celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations (April 9). It will mark a new milestone in friendship and cooperation between the two Parliaments.

The two sides will exchange information and experience in each country's parliamentary activities and areas of interest; promote cooperation in multi-lateral parliamentary forums to which the two parliaments are members, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and the Asia- Europe Parliamentary Partnership.

The Netherlands has become the largest export market of Vietnam in the EU. Two-way trade in 2017 exceeded 7.7 billion USD, while the Netherlands ranks 11th out of 126 foreign investors in Vietnam with total investment of 8.17 billion USD.

NA Chairwoman pledges favourable condition for Dutch investors

The Vietnamese National Assembly will create a favourable, transparent and equal legal environment for foreign investors in general and those from the Netherlands in particular to do business in Vietnam.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan made the pledge at a reception for leaders of the Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) in The Hague on March 26 during her ongoing official visit to the country.

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She hailed the NVCC’s role in helping Dutch enterprises explore and invest in Vietnam’s market, believing that with its experience and knowledge of Vietnam, as well as its close-knit ties with the Dutch Government, the EU, the Embassy and other organisations of Vietnam in the country, the NVCC will provide more support for local enterprises to do business in Vietnam.

She hoped that the NVCC would continue serving as a bridge connecting Dutch investors with Vietnam.

For his part, NVCC President Erik Mattyssen briefed Ngan on the organisation’s structure and operation, saying it was established in 1995 after a Dutch business delegation visited Vietnam to explore the country’s investment environment.

The NVCC aims to promote investment and trade between the two countries, Mattyssen said, adding that all NVCCC management board members are leaders of enterprises and groups that are operating successfully in Vietnam.

He lauded Vietnam’s investment environment, expressing his belief in the country’s huge potential for economic development as well as investment opportunities for Dutch enterprises.

Currently, Vietnam and the Netherlands are important trade and investment partners, with the latter Vietnam’s biggest export market in the EU.

Vietnam treasures relations with Netherlands

Vietnam attaches great importance to relations and cooperation with the Netherlands, seeing it as an example of “significant and effective relations” between Vietnam and an European country.

National Aseembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan made the statement while meeting with Queen of the Netherlands Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague on March 26.

Queen Maxima lauded Vietnam’s efforts in developing the national strategy on inclusive growth to promote full access to financial services, enhance its economic position and develop the country.

The Queen urged the Vietnamese Government to approve a national strategy on comprehensive finance and establish a coordination committee for the strategy. Along with that, Vietnam should implement a telecommunications correspondent network for payment functions, she said.

The Dutch Queen also proposed Vietnam pay more attention to training human resources and spend resources to implement this strategy. She said she would discuss with the World Bank to devise policies to help Vietnam implement this strategy effectively.

NA Chairwoman receives Rotterdam int’l port’s Director

National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has suggested stronger cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands in seaport development during a reception for Director of the Port of Rotterdam International (PORint) Rene Van Der Plas in The Hague on March 26 (local time).

Vietnam needs to learn from PORint’s experience in optimising the production and business process, and distributing goods globally, in close connection with the science and technology revolution in the transport and IT sectors, she stressed.

In his response, Rene Van Der Plas briefed NA Chairwoman Ngan on PORint, one of the largest in Europe and the world, saying that it is a modern operation and management model, especially in creating added value processes, providing warehouses and distributing goods.

The top Vietnamese legislator asked PORint to support Ho Chi Minh City and other Vietnamese localities in planning, building and managing port infrastructure; maritime training; logistics service; flood tide and urban flood prevention.

VN wants to learn from Netherlands’ delta development: NA chief

Vietnam wishes to learn from the Netherlands’ experience in planning strategies and mobilising finance to sustainably develop its Mekong Delta, said National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

The two countries signed strategic partnership arrangements on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management in 2010 and on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in 2014, she noted, saying these are effective cooperation models capitalising on the Netherlands’ strengths and contributing to sustainable growth in Vietnam.

For his part, Hermen Borst said he took part in a conference on sustainable development of Mekong Delta in response to climate change held in Vietnam’s Can Tho city last year.

Both Vietnam and the Netherlands are affected by climate change, the official noted, informing the Vietnamese NA Chairwoman of his country’s experience in the field, particularly its promulgation of the Delta Act and Delta Programme.

Expressing her delight at the Dutch official’s sharing, Ngan said it would be valuable knowledge for Vietnam along its path to sustainably develop the Mekong Delta.

Source: Vietnamnet

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