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Vietnam-Germany ties enjoy strong growth in various fields despite Covid-19

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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April 19, 2021 | 10:49

In the face of the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam's strategic partnership with Germany has shown strong growth across a range of fields, including politics, the economy, development cooperation, education, training, science, and technology, along with security and defense.

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This viewed was shared by the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung and State Secretary of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office Miguel Berger during the sixth meeting held on April 16 between both side’s strategic management group via an online platform, VOV reported.

Deputy Minister Dung detailed the country’s diplomatic orientations and policies following the 13th National Party Congress and stated the great importance of Germany’s important role and stature in both Europe and the wider world.

Vietnam has strong aspirations to further ramp up and develop the strategic partnership with the Central European country, which was originally established in 2011, Deputy Minister Dung told the German official.

Vietnam-Germany ties enjoy strong growth in various fields despite Covid-19

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung (upper, right) at the online meeting Photo: VNA

Upon congratulating the nation on the success of the 13th National Party Congress, State Secretary Berger lauded Vietnamese efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that Germany places importance on the country’s role in the implementation of its policy guidelines for the Indo-Pacific region. Indeed, this policy was adopted by the German Government in September 2020.

The co-operation contents under the countries’ strategic action plan for the 2019 to 2022 period are being implemented on schedule, including the establishment of a joint committee for economic co-operation and activities within the framework of the dialogue on law-governed states. This is along with security and defense cooperation and the establishment of the Vietnamese-German University, the two officials said.

They added that last year, when both countries were non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, Vietnam was Chair of ASEAN, and Germany was President of the EU, they co-ordinated closely in order to boost ties between ASEAN and the EU to the status of a strategic partnership. This was done whilst promoting security, peace, the issue of climate change, and COVID-19 prevention efforts, thereby helping to deal with global concerns.

As a means of further ramping up the joint strategic partnership, both sides consented to develop a strategic action plan for the next period, increasing contact and mutual visits at all levels, and stepping up collaboration in priority fields. This includes politics, diplomacy, security, defense, trade, investment, development co-operation, renewable energy, digitalization, and vocational training.

The pair stated their intention to redouble efforts to connect and assist the process of firms from each side seeking greater investment and business opportunities in each other’s markets whilst tapping into chances generated by the EU - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) to drive post-pandemic economic recovery.

Vietnam-Germany ties enjoy strong growth in various fields despite Covid-19
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Germany has therefore pledged support for the country in its efforts to bolster comprehensive cooperation with the EU, while also pushing the ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) by the German parliament.

Furthermore, the nation welcomes German initiatives to contribute to peace, stability, co-operation, and development in the Asia-Pacific region, whilst also showing support for the EU nation as they strengthen relations with ASEAN.

Both sides agreed to maintain closer co-operation ties and mutual support at international organizations and forums, especially the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and ASEAN-EU co-operation.

During the course of the meeting, officials also discussed a host of international and regional issues that are of shared concern.

Both voiced their concern over recent complex developments in the East Sea, reiterating the support for the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means and on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

State Secretary Berger added that Germany backs ASEAN’s efforts to optimize the bloc’s centrality as a contribution to ensuring regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

Previously, a virtual conference on economic cooperation between Vietnam and Germany was held on March 15 under the sponsorship of Leipzig city, the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany, InvestRegion Leipzig, and Deutsch-Vietnamesisches Haus e.V.

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Minh Vu highlighted Vietnam’s outstanding socio-economic development achievements in the past time, stating the Southeast Asian country has become a favorite destination for foreign investment shifting in the context of COVID-19 and fierce trade competition.

Speaking highly of the sweeping changes in Leipzig city, the Vietnamese diplomat said suitable socio-economic strategies have helped the city become an economic pillar of central Germany.

He expressed his belief that the conference would offer opportunities for businesses of both sides to build practical cooperation for mutual benefits.

Meanwhile, Mayor of Leipzig city Burkhard Jung said he rejoiced at the sound relations between Leipzig and Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam as a whole in recent years, hoping the EVFTA will strengthen the ties between the two sides.

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