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Promoting substantial and effective relations between Vietnam and Canada
12/12/2017 14:21' Send Print
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: VNA

During the visit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, met with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, leaders of Ho Chi Minh City and attended the round table meeting at the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange; and talked to students of Ton Duc Thang University.

At the meetings, the two sides expressed satisfaction at the positive development of the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Canada over the past time in many fields. On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau adopted the Joint Declaration on the Establishment of the Comprehensive Partnership between Vietnam and Canada.

Accordingly, the two sides decided to strengthen bilateral and multilateral comprehensive, substantial, effective, stable and long-term cooperation and friendship, meeting the interests of the two countries. contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The two sides decided to establish the Vietnam-Canada comprehensive partnership framework in the fields of politics and diplomacy; trade and investment; development cooperation; defence, security; culture and education; science and technology and innovation; and people-to-people exchange. Vietnam and Canada will continue exchanges visits by senior leaders, hold regular dialogues between high-level officials of the two Governments; cooperate closely in multilateral institutions, and response to global challenges.

The two sides agreed to create favorable conditions for trade exchange and timely solve problems that may arise in trade and investment relations in the principle of cooperation, equality and mutual benefit. Canada's development cooperation will support Vietnam's efforts to respond to climate change, promote sustainable development through the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. The two countries decided to strengthen and facilitate the expansion of cooperation and academic exchange, including the establishment of partnerships and student exchange programs between educational institutions of the two countries.

Vietnam and Canada agreed to promote cooperation in areas such as energy, clean and sustainable technology, agriculture, food, ICT, environmental research, marine research, and mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The two countries will seek opportunities to collaborate in research, development, commercialization of clean, advanced and innovative technologies to address the challenges of climate change. The two sides will further promote these relations through cooperation in many areas and between the two countries' localities; encourage people-to-people relations to promote bilateral friendly and cooperative relations.

Vietnam and Canada established diplomatic relations since 1973. In September 2014, the two countries' foreign ministers signed the Protocol to strengthen and promote bilateral relations. In July 2017, Political Consultation at the Deputy Foreign Minister level was organized for the first time which was upgraded from policy consultation at departmental-level. Meetings of senior leaders of the two countries, exchanges of delegations at all levels have been strengthened, cooperation was promoted in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, education and training and support and development. Vietnam is now Canada's largest trading partner in Southeast Asia, a priority market of Canada's Global Market Action Program. Canada ranks 14th in 112 countries and territories investing in Vietnam with 149 projects valued at US$5.28 billion. Some large projects are Ho Tram Tourist Resort in Ba Ria-Vung Tau worth $4.2 billion; a project to build a hospital in Hai Duong of $220 million; Wind Energy Limited Liability Company in Ninh Thuan worth $74.4 million; and Manulife Insurance Company of $50 million. The Vietnam-Canada comprehensive partnership framework is an important legal mechanism for the two countries to further strengthen the cooperative relations in different fields.

The official visit to Vietnam of Prime Minister Canada Justin Trudeau on the occasion of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting 2017 is an important milestone enhancing the relation between the two countries and creating a basis for promoting the friendly relations, substantial and effective cooperation between the two countries in the coming time.

Thanh Anh