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Promoting Vietnam-Poland traditional cooperation
27/12/2017 13:43' Send Print
President Tran Dai Quang and President of Andrzej Duda. Photo: VNA

During the visit, President Andrzej Duda held talks with President Tran Dai Quang; visited General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; attended the Vietnam-Poland Business Forum and the inauguration of the Representative Office of the Polish Agency for Trade and Investment; and visited Ho Chi Minh City.

The meetings took place in a friendly atmosphere and mutual understanding. The two sides informed each other of the political, and socio-economic situation and priorities of each country's foreign policy, discussing specific measures to promote bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual concern.

Viet Nam emphasized that it attaches great importance to the development of traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries, of which Poland is a priority, congratulating the Polish people for their important achievements in national development and European integration. Poland highly appreciated the achievements of the Vietnamese people in socio-economic development and international integration.

Both sides recognized the positive development of the 67-year long history of traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with between Vietnam and Poland; hailed the maintenance and enhancement of high-level political dialogue as well as regular exchanges between the two countries' National Assemblies, ministries, sectors and localities, demonstrating political will and enabling further expansion of bilateral cooperation on areas of mutual interest.

Both sides highly valued encouraging results achieved in bilateral trade and investment, affirming their determination to work together to increase two-way trade turnover, bringing about a balanced and harmonious trade development, complying with market rules, creating necessary conditions to tap market potential and investment opportunities. The two sides agreed to establish a coordinated mechanism for economic cooperation in order to thoroughly promote cooperation between the two countries in the field of trade and investment as agreed in the MOU between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam and the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Finance of Poland on economic cooperation.

Welcoming the signing of a Framework Agreement between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Government of the Republic of Poland on financial cooperation, the two sides agreed to create a legal basis for the implementation of cooperation projects using ODA loans worth EUR 250 million from the Polish Government; and committed to actively and effectively coordinate to implement projects using preferential loans of Poland.

Appreciating the traditional cooperation in the field of education, the two sides applauded the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland for the cooperation agreement on education, with an increase in scholarships to students and graduates of either country to 20 per year. In addition, they agreed to early negotiate to conclude an agreement on recognizing equivalent educational diplomas.

The two sides agreed to share experiences and strengthen cooperation in agriculture, natural resources and environment; welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam and the Ministry of Environment of Poland on cooperation in the field of natural resources and environment as well as the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Vietnam and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland for agricultural cooperation.

Both sides stressed the importance of bilateral cooperation in science and technology and information and communication in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Vietnam News Agency and the Polish News Agency (PAP) is a concrete step for the two countries to catch up with this trend.

In multi-faceted cooperation, the two sides aimed to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture and tourism; strengthen sharing of experiences on conservation, restoration of relics and promotion of heritage values, especially those registered by UNESCO. Strengthen cooperation in the field of defense, especially in defense industry, training military personnel, share experiences in participating in peacekeeping activities of the United Nations as well as overcoming consequences of war.

Expressing concern about the threats posed by terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and other transnational organized crimes, the two sides agreed to promote cooperation to counter these threats. At the same time, both side will intensify coordination and mutual support on international and regional issues of mutual concern and interest, and cooperate more closely at multilateral organizations and forums, especially the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)and ASEAN-EU. Poland thanked Vietnam for its support for Poland to be elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the June 2017 election, asserting its support for Vietnam’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.

The two sides pledged to promote respect for and adherence to international law, advocating for the maintenance of peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation; stressed the importance of resolving disputes through peaceful means, including full respect for the diplomatic and legal process in accordance with international law, in particular the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

President Andrzej Duda's state visit to Vietnam is seen as a political event of important significance, which strengthened traditional and cooperative relations between Vietnam and Poland.

Phuong Tra