Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed on Monday that two countries would cooperate more closely on climate change, water management, agriculture, and energy.
Hai, who began his three-day official visit to the Netherlands on Monday, told Rutte that Vietnam always wishes for closer ties with the Netherlands, considering it one of its top partners in Europe.
Meanwhile, Rutte said the Dutch government and businesses were keen to foster comprehensive collaboration with Vietnam and back the country’s efforts to enhance ties with the European Union.
Also on Monday, the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Melanie Schultz, co-chaired the fourth meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Climate Change and Water Management.
As delta countries, Vietnam and the Netherlands face similar challenges and opportunities presented by water and climate change.
Hai is due to open on Wednesday a business forum where Dutch and Vietnamese companies can meet each other. More than 100 Dutch companies are currently operating in Vietnam.
Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai’s visit comes at the moment the Vietnam Days in The Hague are held from September 22 to 24.
The ‘Vietnam Days’ is an initiative in follow-up to the 40 years of diplomatic relations both countries celebrated last year. During three days, Vietnam introduces its culture to a broad Dutch audience.