Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Mongolian Prime Minister J. Erdenebat. Image: VGP
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Ulan Bator, on 16 July for Hanoi, wrapping up an official visit to Mongolia and participation in the 11th Asia-Europe Summit at the invitation Mongolia's President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and Prime Minister of Mongolia Jargaltulga Erdenebat.
Enhance political trust and understanding between the two countries
The two-day official visit to Mongolia by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife from 13 to 14 July achieved important results, opening up a new page in the traditional friendship between Viet Nam and Mongolia.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had talks with Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat, audience with President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, meeting with Mongolian Chairman of the State Great Hural Miyegombo Enkhbold, witnessed the signing of the Agreement on cooperation between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Viet Nam and the Mongolian Employers' Association, attended Viet Nam-Mongolia Business Forum and visited the leading wool processing establishment of Mongolian, met with the President of Mongolia-Viet Nam Friendship Association, Dr. Dashtsevel, called at and talked to staff of the Vietnamese embassy in Mongolia and overseas Vietnamese who are living, studying and working in Mongolia.
At the talks, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister J. Erdenebat exchanged opinions and agreed on the content and specific measures to consolidate and strengthen the traditional relations of friendship between Viet Nam and Mongolia.
The two Prime Ministers agreed to further strengthen political trust and mutual understanding through regular exchange of visits and contacts of senior leaders as well as all levels and departments of the two countries, strengthen cooperation on security and defense and sign concerned cooperation agreements.
The two sides agreed to enhance the efficiency and the role of the Intergovernmental Committee for Viet Nam-Mongolia, strengthen economic and trade cooperation, in accordance with the potential and benefits of the two countries, early mutually recognize of sanitary and phytosanitary standards for agricultural products from Viet Nam and meat products from Mongolia, find solutions, and further facilitate transport of goods between the two countries. The two sides also agreed to expand cooperation in potential fields such as agriculture, mining, light industry, and pharmaceuticals. Viet Nam proposed Mongolia to receive Vietnamese labor, facilitate the two countries’ businesses in market research, trade exchange and investment. Viet Nam welcomes Mongolian investment in infrastructure construction, mining in Mongolia, and agricultural product processing.
The two sides affirmed the need to increase co-operation in people interaction, culture, tourism, education and the arts to enhance understanding and mutual trust between the two peoples, especially of the young generations, and to actively support the Vietnamese community in Mongolia and the Mongolian people in Viet Nam. Mongolian Prime Minister thanked Viet Nam for its the cooperation in the restoration, refurbishment of cultural monuments such as Mongolian Choi-shin Temple and Bogd Khan Palace.
The Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the cooperation and close cooperation in international and regional fora such as the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, ASEM, ARF, UNESCO, and the exchange of issues of mutual concern, including the complicated situation in the East Sea, and the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) of the United Nations on 12 July 2016.
At a joint press conference after the talks, Prime minister J. Erdenebat said Mongolia appreciated the visit of the Prime Minister of Viet Nam 17 years after the visit of Prime Minister Phan Van Khai in 1999. The visit is of special significance, opening up a new page in the traditional cooperative relations between the two countries. “The talks took place in an warm and intimate atmosphere, discussing several areas of cooperation,” The Prime Minister of Mongolia confirmed that the deep relationships, sincerity, mutual assistance in the past will be strengthened and developed in the near future.
Of the same opinion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that the talks took place successfully, and traditional ties between Viet Nam and Mongolia over the years have been maintained and growing.
Continue to exploit the potential and advantages
In his program, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the Viet Nam-Mongolia Business Forum with the participation of many businesses of Mongolia and Viet Nam. The Prime Minister noted “the potential and strengths of each country are great and have not yet been fully tapped by the two parties.” He expressed his expectations that the business communities of the two countries will overcome geographical barriers, obstacles to goods transportation to develop trade relations on par with political relations and potentials of the two countries, saying that “It is not possible to let bilateral trade turnover stands at US$ 35 million as at present.”
About the potential, strengths and needs of Viet Nam for the goods of Mongolia, the Prime Minister affirmed that Viet Nam will create favorable conditions for Mongolia enterprises to invest and do business in Viet Nam in the spirit of mutual benefit, noting that when setting foot in Viet Nam’s market Mongolian businesses will have the opportunity to access the ASEAN market, the market of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), suggesting that the two sides can establish a new transport channel such as by air.
President of the Mongolian Employers’ Association Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Viet Nam (VCCI) made known that the two countries exchanged views on the specific cooperation projects and expressed elation that the Prime Minister's visit created great motivation for enterprises of the two countries. A contract to build processing plant of Mongolian animal bones in Viet Nam worth US$ 25 million was signed on this occasion.
During his visit to Mongolia, the Prime Minister and his wife called at the Vietnamese embassy and met embassy staff and overseas Vietnamese living, learning and working in Mongolia. The Prime Minister urged the embassy staff to continue supporting overseas Vietnamese to contribute to foster and develop the relationship between the two governments and the two peoples of Viet Nam and Mongolia.