The visit to Vietnam by Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will create fresh impetus for strengthening friendship and cooperation between the two countries, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a reception in Hanoi for the Dutch guests on March 28.
PM Dung told the Dutch Prince and Princess that Vietnam has created a 10-year sustainable development strategy from 2011 to 2020, focusing on sustainable economic growth, social equality, environmental protection and coping with climate change.
To realize these goals, Vietnam has mobilised all its resources and also hopes to receive assistance from international friends, he said.
The Vietnamese PM highlighted the fine development of Vietnamese-Dutch relations in various fields, especially trade, investment, climate change adaptation, water management, education and training, as well as science and technology. However, he said the full potential for cooperation between the two countries has not yet been fully tapped.
PM Dung stressed that Vietnam wants to boost cooperation with the Netherlands in the maritime, shipbuilding, banking, food, and oil and gas exploitation sectors. He pledged that Vietnam will create the best conditions for Dutch enterprises to do business in the country.
Mr Dung also called for the Dutch government’s assistance to help Vietnam cope with climate change and rising sea levels in the Mekong Delta region.
For their part, the Dutch guests expressed their praise for Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and external relations in recent years.
Prince Willem Alexander said that he was accompanied by more than 100 business people from his country. This shows that Dutch businesses are keen on exploring the Vietnamese market, he said, adding that the Netherlands is willing to help Vietnam achieve its goal of becoming an industrialised nation by 2020.
The government of the Netherlands will try its best to help Vietnam in its development strategy, he stated.
The Dutch Prince and Princess’ official visit to Vietnam from March 28 to 31 was made at the invitation of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Pham Gia Khiem.