Deputy PM greets Hessen State Parliament President
08:30 | 13/11/2019

VGP – Permanent Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh hosted a reception for President of the Hessen State Parliament Boris Rhein who was on a working visit to Viet Nam on November 12 in Ha Noi.

Permanent Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh (L) shakes hands with President of the Hessen State Parliament Boris Rhein, Ha Noi, November 12, 2019 - Photo: VGP/Le Son

Deputy PM Binh expressed the wish that Mr. Boris Rhein would make greater contribution to the relations between Hessen State and Viet Nam in particular and the Federal Republic of Germany in general in favor of the Viet Nam-Germany strategic partnership.

He praised the position and potential of Hessen state in the Federal Republic of Germany. 

The State plays an important role in spurring the economic and commercial ties between the two countries. The two-way trade turnover between Viet Nam and the State hit about US$ 1 billion (accounting for one eighth of the two-way trade turn volume between the two countries).

Some big business groups from Hessen have been operating effectively in Viet Nam. Hence, the host leader suggested the two sides encourage more German businesses to invest in Viet Nam in diverse fields such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, supporting industry, farm produce processing, and production of natural rubber products. 

He proposed the State’s authorities to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises such as national flag carrier Viet Nam Airlines, Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), and FPT Software Company Limited to operate effectively in Hessen. 

The host leader treasured the contributions of Rhein to the Viet Nam-Germany University project when he held the position of Minister of Sciences and Arts of Hessen, as well as his support for Viet Nam in human resources training in the fourth Industrial Revolution.

Mr. Binh hoped that Rhein and parliamentarians of Hessen would continue strengthening cooperation with the Vietnamese Government in sharing experience in building the law-governed state and making laws on public investment management, public-private partnership, urban management, and e-commerce.

The Deputy proposed Rhein urge the European Union (EU) to soon ratify the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which are expected to bring enormous benefits to people and businesses of the two sides.

For his part, Mr. Rhein said that Viet Nam is the rotating Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and German is the rotating Chair of the EU in 2020, which he said, will create new impetus to cement and deepen the bilateral relationship.

The two sides are looking forward to the ratification of the EVFTA, which was signed in June 2019, as the agreement will bring the two markets closer together, he said.

The guest leader also promised to support the Viet Nam-Germany University which will represent a symbol of the bilateral relations and prepare for the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2020./. 

By Kim Anh 

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