PM Pham Minh Chinh meets counterpart from the Cook Islands in Jakarta

WVR/VNA- On September 7, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met Prime Minister from the Cook Islands Mark Brown, within the framework of the 43rd ASEAN Summit and related Summits in Jakarta, Indonesia.
PM Pham Minh Chinh meets counterpart from the Cook Islands in Jakarta
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his counterpart from the Cook Islands Mark Brown (Photo: WVR/Anh Son)

The two Prime Ministers once again spoke highly of the signing of the Joint Communiqué to establish diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Cook Islands on April 26, 2022, saying it has opened up numerous opportunities for bilateral cooperation in various promising areas.

They believed that with determination and political trust, the bilateral ties will further grow, particularly in the economy, trade, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, and in addressing climate change and rising sea levels.

In the coming time, both sides will send delegates to the International Fisheries Forum in the Cook Islands in December and the International Rice Festival in Vietnam scheduled for the end of this year.

Prime Minister Brown wished to share experience in socioeconomic development as well as global and regional integration with Vietnam.

He also expressed readiness to create conditions for Vietnamese firms to invest in potential sectors such as tourism and aquaculture, and pledged to engage in early discussions and negotiations with Vietnam on a rice trade cooperation agreement.

Prime Minister Chinh, for his part, suggested that both sides further enhance mutual connectivity and support between their economies, with a focus on areas with untapped potential, such as agriculture, aquaculture and apparel while exploring the expansion of collaboration in new fields such as the digital economy, circular economy, green economy and innovation.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen mutual support at global and regional forums.

In his capacity as the incumbent Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Prime Minister Brown vowed to support and act as a bridge connecting Vietnam with the South Pacific countries.

He thanked Prime Minister Chinh for his invitation to Vietnam and promised to pay a visit soon.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)