Denmark Ready to Help Vietnam Become Supplier for Offshore Wind Power Sector
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and new-appointed Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolai Prytz. Photo: NDO|
During a reception for the Danish Ambassador in Hanoi on November 28, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh stressed that Vietnam always treasures its friendship and cooperation with Denmark, VNA reported.
The PM spoke highly of the bilateral intensive and extensive cooperation over the past years, especially since the establishment of a comprehensive partnership in 2013.
He hailed the outcomes of the recent Vietnam visit by Crown Prince of Denmark Frederik with the signing of many cooperation deals in promising fields such as green growth, renewable energy and effective use of energy, and applauded the Danish Parliament's ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement.
Expressing his delight at the growth of two-way trade which soared by 27% annually to USD 554 million in the first nine months of this year, PM Chinh said Danish investment in Vietnam has leaped with Lego's carbon-neutral toy factory worth more than USD 1 billion in Binh Duong province, opening up a green investment trend in the future.
The PM suggested both sides facilitate all-level visits, work closely together at regional and global forums, especially within the framework of the United Nations, ASEAN – EU, and create conditions for enterprises to expand operations in green growth, environmental protection, renewable energy, hi-tech agriculture. He also welcomed the continued strengthening of cooperation in education - training, people-to-people exchanges, sci-tech and innovation.
Prytz, for his part, stressed that bilateral economic-trade-investment ties will be a priority and focus of his tenure.
He pledged to do his best to further develop the Vietnam - Denmark comprehensive partnership in fields where Denmark has strength and Vietnam has demand, especially renewable energy, green growth, marine economy, and will coordinate with Vietnam to expand cooperation opportunities in potential fields such as education - training, culture - tourism, and science- technology.
|At the reception. Photo: VNA|
The diplomat reiterated the two countries’ strong commitments to sustainable development, building a circular economy, green growth and responding to climate change which was described as a foundation for the establishment of a green strategic partnership in the future.
Denmark’s major groups are keen on and ready to join in Vietnam’s big wind power projects, share management experience and train workforce, thus helping Vietnam become a supplier for the offshore wind power sector in the region, he said.
With regard to the Vietnamese policy relating to offshore wind power development, according to the latest draft of the country’s Power Development Plan, the nation is projected to generate 16,121 MW of onshore and nearshore wind power and approximately 7,000 MW of offshore wind power.
The proportion of wind power accounts for roughly 15.8% of the total system capacity, of which offshore wind power stands at 4.8%.
On regional issues, both sides affirmed ASEAN’s central role in the region and agreed on the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the Bien Dong Sea, and addressing disputes by peaceful means in line international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Last week, the Danish Embassy in Hanoi hosted a workshop on organic production, certification, and management of organic products.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Nicolai Prytz noted that one factor contributing to Denmark's success in the organic food sector is the fact that the country not only views the issue as a political priority but also encourages cooperation between all parties involved in the value chain on the basis of trust and long-term commitments.
He noted that the workshop is an excellent chance to establish the right conditions for leaders, managers, experts, researchers, and businesses from Vietnam and Denmark to keep improving their exchange of information and experience in organic production and management.
Denmark is one of the top producers of organic food and agriculture in the world, and it was the first nation to enact the Act on Organic Farming in 1987.
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