Leading Lawmaker Attends Vietnam-Finland Business Roundtable | Politics
Helsinki (AVN) – Vietnam wants to learn from Finland’s experience to develop quickly and sustainably, National Assembly Speaker Vuong Dinh Hue said at the Vietnam – Finland Business Roundtable in Helsinki on September 11.
Hue and his entourage are on an official visit to finland from September 10 to 11.
Vietnam, with a GDP of $ 360 billion, is now ASEAN’s third-largest economy, Vietnam’s top lawmaker said, saying the country is aiming for 6.5-7% annual growth over the years. next five years, and become a top-middle-income country by 2030 and a high-income country by 2045.
He stressed that Vietnam attaches great importance to the development of a green, circular and low-carbon economy, to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to the acceleration of startups and innovation, all in Finland has an economy based on cutting-edge technology and has one of the most comprehensive innovation ecosystems in the world as well as strong start-up trends. Therefore, Vietnam is keen to explore Finland’s experience and forge cooperation between companies on both sides in these areas.
The Southeast Asian country pursues a robust, sustainable and harmonious development in terms of economy, social affairs, environment and adaptation to climate change in the times to come, he added. .
Noting that Vietnam is a signatory to 17 bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Hue called on investors from Finland and the ‘EU as a whole to do business in Vietnam.
He informed that during his visit, the Finnish leaders pledged to ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) soon for better protection of the rights and interests of investors on both sides.
The roundtable saw the presence of Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari, who said he hoped Finnish companies could help Vietnam in digital transformation, a key factor for a economy maintains sustainable growth.
He also announced that Finland has agreed to provide additional support for projects using low-rate foreign loans in Vietnam.
Attendees at the event included representatives of local businesses, such as Headai, KONE, Operon, Valmet and Vaisala, which operate in equipment and technology for weather forecasting and air pollution monitoring, industry and new energies, the water industry, cybersecurity, the automated elevator and artificial intelligence and smart data.
On the same day, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan, who is accompanying AN Hue President on the visit to Finland, met Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppa.
Hoan thanked his Finnish counterpart for supporting Vietnam in capacity building and implementation of a national forest database development project, saying that the first and second phases of the project have provided Vietnam a basis for effectively managing your forestry data.
He suggested that Finland continue to help Vietnam in the third phase of the project and in the growth of the multipurpose forest. The two ministers agreed to strengthen the partnership in this area, in particular by developing forestry cooperatives for the sustainable development of the sector.
The Vietnamese minister also asked for Finland’s help to develop animal husbandry, horticulture and multi-purpose forestry; shift from agricultural production to agricultural economy; promote the sustainable development of rural areas, circular agriculture; and providing potable water to rural residents.
Vietnam is among the world’s top 15 exporters of agricultural products, but bilateral trade between Vietnam and Finland is failing to reach the potential of the two countries, he said, urging joint efforts to strengthen exports. of complementary products to market each other in the time to come.
Minister Hoan went on to say that he hopes to meet with representatives of EU member states during his visit to discuss and explore the EU’s concerns over fishing in Vietnam, a long-standing livelihood for de many Vietnamese.
Vietnam has issued a number of regulations and legal documents to strengthen fisheries control and made institutional improvements in line with EU recommendations, he noted, adding that responsible fishing is also a mission of the EU. Vietnamese people to protect the marine ecosystem and fulfill their international commitments.
Jari Leppa, for his part, said Finland is ready to share its experience with Vietnam in conducting forest and nature studies. Finland is particularly interested in projects to promote the development of cooperatives, trade and circular and organic economy in Vietnam, he said, noting that the two sides can also exchange experiences in other areas of mutual interest./.