Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosts Le Havre Mayor Eduord Philippe

WVR/VGP - On February 13, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosted a reception for Mayor of Le Havre Eduord Philippe who was France’s former Prime Minister.
Prime Minster hosts Le Havre Mayor Eduord Philippe
Prime Minster Pham Minh Chinh hosts Le Havre Mayor Eduord Philippe in Hanoi, on February 13, 2023. (Photo: VGP)

Prime Minister Chinh welcomed the visit of the former French Prime Minister which took place on the occasion of the 50thanniversary of diplomatic ties and 10th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-France strategic partnership. He suggested Eduord Philippe continue advocating the bilateral ties and making contributions to strengthening the strategic partnership in the upcoming time.

The Vietnamese Government treasures the relations with France, a traditional and strategic partner of Vietnam, he said, asserting that Vietnam stands ready to facilitate France's enterprises and universities to promote collaboration with Vietnamese partners.

The bilateral trade value hit €5.3 billion in 2022, up 10 percent against the previous year, said Prime Minister Chinh, adding that both nations have a lot of potentials to foster their trade ties in the time ahead, particularly after the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) becomes effective.

The Prime Minister took the occasion to ask France to soon approve the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and back the European Commission (EC) to soon remove the "yellow card" against Vietnamese seafood.

He called on Le Havre City to continue supporting Vietnam's universities to seek for new partners to strengthen training linkages and help Vietnam improve capacity for its officials.

He expressed his hope that Eduord Philippe will encourage France's localities, including Le Havre, to bolster collaboration with Vietnam's localities in promoting people-to-people exchanges and business ties.

Both sides lauded the effective and substantive development in Vietnam-France strategic partnership across all fields with high political trust.

Eduord Philippe, for his side, said that his visit to Vietnam aims to boost coordination between the two nations' localities and enterprises as well as education cooperation.

He pledged to actively support Vietnam in its socio-economic development, particularly in climate change adaption.

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(Source: WVR/VGP)