Vietnam Wishes to Expand Cooperation with Israel
A delegation led by Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan visited Israel from September 14-16 to learn from experience in administration building and urban development, VNA reported.
|Delegation led by Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan. Source: Hanoi Times|
While in Israel, they held working sessions with authorities of Modi'in and Tel Aviv cities, the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel, the Israel-Vietnam Trade Office, the Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation, the Watergen clean water company and several Israeli innovative companies.
Both sides discussed promoting ties among cities, shared experience in planning socio-economic policies, upholding elected bodies’ role in overseeing policy implementation, arranging administration’s apparatus, and stepping up investment and cooperation in urban management and development, urban economy, environment protection, climate change response, smart city building, start-ups and innovation, sci-tech, preservation and upholding of historical-cultural values.
Chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities of Israel and Mayor of Modi'in city Haim Bibas said Hanoi and Israeli cities need to continue enhancing friendship and share experience in dealing with issues in urban development, especially in traditional fields.
He vowed to partner and share experience with Hanoi in smart city building, infrastructure development, digital transformation and innovation.
Tuan wished that the Federation of Local Authorities of Israel would serve as a bridge linking Hanoi with Israeli localities in the fields of telecommunications, sci-tech, finance, industry, smart city development, hi-tech agriculture, technological transfer, treatment of air pollution, wastewater and garbages.
|The delegation learns about urban management in Modi'in city. Photo: VNA|
|The delegation worked with the Israel-Vietnam Trade Office. Source: Hanoi Times|
|Hanoi Capital's delegation worked with the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel. Source: Hanoi Times|
In a related news, during a reception for former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak in Hanoi on August 17, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said that Vietnam wants to cooperate with Israel in fields of its strength such as innovation, sci-tech and renewable energy.
As a partner with friendship and comprehensive partnership, including in national defence-security, Israel has become an important partner of Vietnam.
Vietnam wishes to learn from Israel’s experience in choosing and training talents to build a strong country, he said.
He suggested the two countries regularly maintain high-level visits and offer mutual support at international forums and organisations. With two-way trade of USD 1.14 billion in the first half of this year, up 55%, the two countries need to further work on this field, he said.
As Vietnam is performing the policy of building a sustainable digital society by 2025, with a vision to 2030, the country wants to learn from Israel’s experience in ensuring security and national sovereignty over cyberspace, he said.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak. Photo: VNA|
The host wished that with his role and influence, the former Israeli PM would make further contributions to boost bilateral friendship, especially sharing experience in building startup support policies, develop sci-tech and innovation, nurture young talents and connect with experts and businesses in Israel and the world.
As 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of Vietnam – Israel diplomatic ties, the President suggested the Vietnamese authorities work closely with the Israeli Embassy to hold practical activities, contributing to lifting bilateral ties to a greater height.
Barak expressed his delight that the two countries are looking forward the signing of a free trade agreement. He believed that Vietnam will become a developed nation by 2045.
He said Israel pays special attention to education and has incubators to nurture talents for the country. It also built policies to attract Israeli talents from abroad and foreign direct investment.
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