Secretary General of the National Assembly cum Chairman of the National Assembly Office Bui Van Cuong hands over 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and medical equipment donated by European countries to Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long at Noi Bai airport. Post on September 12 – Photo: NAM TRAN
This is the first European visit of a key Vietnamese leader since the new state apparatus was consolidated.
Open the way for relationship Vietnam – EU
In terms of politics and economy, the visit of the President of the National Assembly reflected Vietnam’s policy of proactive integration, especially the desire to promote cooperation with the European Union (EU) and its member states.
Meeting with European Council President Charles Michel in Brussels (Belgium) on September 8, President of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue emphasized that the EU is one of Vietnam’s leading partners in trade and investment. After more than a year of going into effect, the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) has shown great economic benefits for both sides, as trade increased by 18% despite difficulties from the global economy. COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Assembly Chairman said that the National Assembly of Vietnam plays an active role in the process of signing, ratifying and promoting the effective implementation of the EVFTA, has passed the revised Labor Code and the roadmap for accession to fundamental conventions. version of the Labor Organization international (ILO).
In Europe, the President of the National Assembly participated in major events such as the 5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments (WCSP5) in the Republic of Austria, working visits with the European Parliament (EP), the Kingdom of Belgium and official visit to the Republic of Finland. But during this time, he also attended more than 70 bilateral and multilateral events.
In meetings with European leaders and leaders of Austria, Belgium, Finland, organizations and businesses, the issue of health cooperation and economic recovery was mentioned quite a lot. And cooperation related to health as well as responding to economic challenges during the pandemic also plays a role in paving the way for Vietnam-EU relations in a new world, with geopolitical competition and challenges. non-traditional.
Promoting the EU EVIPA ratification
While only 6/27 EU national parliaments have ratified the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), the connection between Vietnamese businesses and member countries is the first bridge to move forward. full ratification.
At the Vietnam – Finland business seminar on September 11, Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue said that Vietnam attaches great importance to developing a green economy, a circular economy, and enhancing recycling, reuse and reuse. using low-carbon technologies, cutting greenhouse gases and promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, ensuring social security and social welfare for people… These are areas of great potential for cooperation. that Finnish enterprises can promote investment in Vietnam.
In particular, the 17 bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements that Vietnam has signed will create opportunities and attract investors from many countries. Therefore, the National Assembly Chairwoman hopes that the parliaments of EU member states will soon ratify the EVIPA to protect the rights and interests of Vietnamese and EU investors. Therefore, Finnish businesses also need to prepare early so as not to miss the investment trend in the near future.
Meanwhile, at meetings, National Assembly Chairwoman Vuong Dinh Hue also affirmed Vietnam’s important role in linking the EU as well as its members with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). During a meeting with European Council President Michel, the National Assembly Chairwoman affirmed that Vietnam is ready to act as a bridge to promote EU-ASEAN relations commensurate with the framework of the ASEAN-EU Strategic Partnership that has just been signed.
Market access is also one of the reasons the EU considers when building a cooperative relationship with Vietnam. Sharing with Austrian businesses on September 6, Chairman of the National Assembly affirmed that cooperation with Vietnam means reaching 650 million people in the ASEAN region and 800 million people under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Duong (CPTPP).
Handing over 200,000 doses of vaccine
On September 12, right after returning home at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi), the National Assembly delegation handed over 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and hundreds of medical equipment worth more than 1,028 billion VND. from Europe.
During this mission, Belgium and Slovakia supported Vietnam with a total of 200,000 doses of vaccines and pledged to support and cede millions of doses of vaccines. Many organizations, businesses and individuals have donated medical equipment and supplies, especially COVID-19 test kits, with a total value of over VND 1,028 billion.
The amount of 365 million VND to support Ho Chi Minh City and the COVID-19 Prevention Fund supported by the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic and Austria were also handed over on this occasion.
In addition, within the framework of the visit, a number of contracts related to test kit production, research and vaccine production were signed. T&T Group signed a contract with a German partner to transfer technology to produce PCR test kits worth 80 million euros, equivalent to 2,160 billion VND; with a Spanish partner, a contract to cooperate in phase 3 clinical trials and to manufacture and order vaccines with the quantity of 50 million doses, worth €375 million, equivalent to VND10,125 billion. The total value of the contracts is 12,285 billion VND.