Bui Thanh Son, member of the Party Central Committee and Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister, paid a working visit to France from March 4 to 5, in the role of special envoy of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

During his stay, Son and the Vietnamese delegation had meetings with Carole Bureau-Bonnard, Vice President of the National Assembly of France; Stephanie Do, head of the Vietnam-France Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group; Emmanuel Lenain, Diplomatic Adviser to the French Prime Minister; Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France; and the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF).

Through the French side, the Vietnamese official extended PM Phuc’s letter to his French counterpart Edouard Philippe, speaking highly of the fine development of the Vietnam-France strategic partnership and the exchange of delegations at all levels, especially high-level delegations, between the two countries in recent years, notably the official visit to France made by Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and the visit to Vietnam by French PM Edouard Philippe in 2018, as well as high-level visits to be made in 2019.

Regarding the Vietnam-European Union (EU) relations, Son emphasised the benefits of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) in strengthening economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two sides, stating that these agreements would contribute to facilitating the EU’s connection with the Asia-Pacific region, including the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son

He expressed his gratitude for France’s support for the all-around development of the Vietnam-EU ties, asking France and the EU’s bodies to promote the early signing and ratification of the EVFTA and IPA during the current term of the European Parliament (EP) in order to quickly realise the benefits that the agreements could bring.

Leaders of agencies of the French government and parliament expressed their impression on Vietnam’s achievements in economic growth and integration, as well as the country’s foreign position in recent years, emphasising that Vietnam is an important partner of France in the Asia-Pacific region.

They voiced their wish to continue strengthening the bilateral cooperation across various areas, while agreeing to work closely with the Vietnamese side to thoroughly prepare for the visits of the two countries’ senior leaders in 2019.

The French side evaluated that the EVFTA would create a framework for the acceleration of economic and trade cooperation between Vietnam and the EU. They agreed on the need to promptly sign and ratify the agreement, adding that France will actively coordinate with the EU member countries to facilitate this process.

Representatives of French businesses expressed their interest in investment and business opportunities between Vietnam and the EU brought by the EVFTA, and affirmed that they would continue to recommend the French government to soon sign and ratify the deal.

Source: NDO

Related Topics

Hoa Binh Buddhism chapter plays role in different sectors

(HBO) – Statistics show that Hoa Binh province has 54 Buddhist relic sites, mostly ruins. There are only several pagodas that come under the management of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), namely Phat Quang Hoa Binh, Kim Son Lac Hong and Linh Son Phat Tich, whose heads are appointed by the VBS. Meanwhile, the remainders are managed by the local cultural sector, authorities or individuals.

Da Bac district marks 40 years since moving locals out of Da river area

(HBO) – Da Bac district of Hoa Binh province on July 11 held a ceremony to mark 40 years since the local authorities move residents out of the Da river basin to serve the construction of the Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant (1982 - 2022) and receive a third-class Labour Order.

Tay Phong’s Party Organisation makes practical moves to raise life quality

(HBO) – Over the past several years, the Party Organisation of Tay Phong commune in Hoa Binh province's Cao Phong district has focused on Party building and developing a team of capable and qualified personnel that can be role models to gain trust from local residents and promote unity for the homeland’s development.

Provincial People’s Committee convenes regular meeting for June

(HBO) – The Hoa Binh provincial People’s Committee held a regular meeting on June 30 to discuss draft documents to be submitted to the provincial Party Committee’s Standing Board and the provincial People’s Council, documents within the remit of the People’s Committee, and other important issues. Standing Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee Nguyen Van Toan chaired the event, which was also attended by Standing Vice Chairwoman of the People’s Council Nguyen Thi Cam Phuong.

Hoa Binh steps up public awareness campaigns on seas, islands

(HBO) – The Hoa Binh Provincial Party Committee has cooperated with the Party Committee of the Vietnam People’s Navy to step up public awareness campaigns on Vietnam’s seas and islands since July 2018.

Hoa Binh City war veterans'' association holds 2nd congress

(HBO) - The war veterans’ association of Hoa Binh city has held its 2nd congress, for the 2022-2027 tenure.