Monday, March 10, 2008

Vietnam, Germany find new spheres for further cooperation

VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnamese and German governments have agreed that transport, environment, energy and telecommunications are particularly suitable to their nations’ further cooperation, said a joint press release on the three-day Germany visit by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

According to the press release, PM Dung and his German host, Chancellor Angela Merkel, met and discussed measures and projects to enhance the bilateral relations and their cooperation at international and regional forums.

The two government leaders expressed their pleasure at the fine developing relations and the agreements that were freshly signed during the visit from March 6-8.

They described the establishment of the Germany-Vietnam University in Ho Chi Minh City as a new aspect for the bilateral cooperation in education.

The German leader lauded the approval of a joint governmental declaration on judicial and legal cooperation.

The two sides appreciated the dynamic development of their economic relations, putting stress on the newly-signed agreements, including those on Germany ’s involvement in a metro project in Ho Chi Minh City and a training project for young managers.

The German side expressed wish to expand bilateral trade exchange and its willing to step up investment in Vietnam .

The two leaders acclaimed the close and fruitful cooperation in development policies since 1990. The German leader extolled the Vietnamese Government’s achievements in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) implementation.

They confirmed the focal points of the two sides’ cooperation in development policies in the fields of economic development, environment protection and decentralised health care services. They agreed to further cooperation in these fields through government negotiation on development cooperation scheduled to be held in Ha Noi in April.

The press release also said Vietnam and Germany will mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties in 2010 with festivals will be held in both countries