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100 million USD provided by Finland for Vietnam's public sector investment

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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January 23, 2021 | 16:25

Finland will provide more than USD 100 million for public investment projects in Vietnam, starting from 2021.

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100 million USD provided by Finland for public sector investment in Vietnam
Photo: Embassy of Finland in Hanoi

The Government of the Republic of Finland and the Government of Socialist Republic of Vietnam have approved a bilateral Framework Agreement on the use of Public Sector Investment Facility (PIF) backed and guaranteed by the Finnish Government. The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs manages the Facility with counterpart Ministry of Finance from Vietnam.

The signing took place on January 21 after several rounds of negotiations between the governments. The signatory from the Finnish side was Ambassador Kari Kahiluoto from the Embassy of Finland in Vietnam and from the Vietnamese side Vice Minister Tran Xuan Ha from the Ministry of Finance.

The PIF supports the public sector investments in developing countries in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN and utilise Finnish expertise and technology. It supports investment projects in social services provision, such as water supply, environmental sanitation, environment protection, climate change response, energy, and clean technology.

100 million USD provided by Finland for public sector investment in Vietnam
Photo: Embassy of Finland in Hanoi

In a pre-recorded remark, Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari said he expects with the PIF, Vietnam will have additional public funding while companies from Finland with years of experience, expertise, and suitable technology solutions can gain broader access to the Vietnamese market.

The implementation of the agreement will play a vital part in nurturing the long-term and effective partnership between Finland and Vietnam, the minister said.

Vietnam and Finland has established diplomatic ties more than five decades ago. Two-way trade has increased four times over the last 10 years. Thousands Vietnamese students are pursuing education in Finland./.

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