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New driving force for cooperation between Vietnam, Singapore and Brunei

On this occasion, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son gave an interview to the press about the results of the visit of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Reporter We are pleased to introduce the interview content:

PV: Ask for Minister said context and meaning of the visit Officially to Singapore and Brunei Darussalam belong to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh?

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son: The official visit to Singapore and Brunei Darussalam from February 8-11, 2023 by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his wife and high-ranking Vietnamese delegation was very successful. Both countries have given the Prime Minister and the Vietnamese high-ranking delegation a very respectful, thoughtful, cordial and respectful welcome to the Head of Government.

The visit takes place in the context that the relationship between Vietnam and the two countries is developing positively and strongly; Vietnam and Singapore celebrate 50 years of establishing diplomatic relations, 10 years of establishing strategic partnership in 2023; Vietnam and Brunei have just celebrated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2022.

Focus - New driving force for economic, trade and investment cooperation

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh holds talks with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Photo baochinhphu.vn

The visit is very important because this is the first visit of our Prime Minister to the island Southeast Asia since the 13th Party Congress, as well as since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, this is the first visit of our Prime Minister to Singapore after nearly 5 years and to Brunei after nearly 16 years.

The visit contributes to the effective implementation of the foreign policy of the 13th Party Congress, which is a priority for developing relations with neighboring countries and ASEAN, including the strategic partnership with Singapore (one of Vietnam’s leading economic partners) and the Comprehensive Partnership with Brunei (an important partner in ASEAN and the place where Vietnam became the 7th member of ASEAN in July 1995); creating an important driving force to deepen relations with the two countries with the highest per capita income in the developed region.

PV: Ask for Minister said outstanding results of the visit?

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son: The visit achieved very comprehensive, substantive and concrete results. The Prime Minister has a busy schedule with more than 30 activities in 72 hours; in which the highlight is the talks and contact with all the senior leaders of the two countries; seminars and exchanges with leaders of leading corporations of the two countries and large investment funds in the region; activities to meet and talk with staff of representative missions and the Vietnamese community in Singapore and Brunei.

The visit had several important results as follows:

Firstly, the leaders of Singapore and Brunei all agreed to constantly increase strategic political trust with us through increasing delegation exchanges and high-level contacts; effectively implement bilateral cooperation mechanisms and important cooperation agreements.

On the occasion of the visit, many cooperation documents were signed between Vietnam and the two countries in the fields of economy, trade, investment, maritime cooperation, youth, consular, research and training.

In Singapore, the highlight was the signing of the MOU on the Vietnam – Singapore Digital Economy – Green Economy Partnership, creating a premise for cooperation between the two countries in the fields of digital economy, economic circular, green economy, clean energy, fight against climate change…

Singapore’s leaders also appreciate the work Government Vietnam has just approved the Investment Approval Decision for VSIP Nghe An II Industrial Park, demonstrating its determination to promote economic and investment cooperation between the two countries. For Brunei, for the first time, the two sides signed the Action Program to implement the Vietnam – Brunei Comprehensive Partnership for the period of 2023-2027, helping to implement synchronously and methodically bilateral cooperation in all fields together. interest in the next 5 years.

Secondly, the results of the visit have added new impetus to economic, trade and investment cooperation between Vietnam and Singapore and Brunei, actively contributing to supporting the socio-economic recovery and development of the country. Vietnam.

The Prime Minister proposed measures to strengthen cooperation in many important fields and was supported by the leaders of countries, including expanding and improving the efficiency of connecting the two economies of Vietnam – SingaporeVietnam – Brunei in order to support each other to build an independent, self-reliant economy with extensive, substantive and effective international integration.

Third, the substantive results achieved during the visit not only contributed to deepening cooperation between us and the two countries in traditional fields such as politics, economy, security, defense, education and training. construction, oil and gas, tourism, people-to-people exchanges, etc., but also create a framework for potential new fields of cooperation, specifically:

With Singapore, the two sides agreed on measures to promote innovation cooperation in the era of industrial revolution 4.0; smart cities, increasing access to investment and financial capital, including green finance; expanding and developing VSIP industrial parks in Vietnam towards green, smart, inclusive and energy-saving.

Focus - New driving force for economic, trade and investment cooperation (Figure 2).

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh held talks with the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. Photo baochinhphu.vn

With Brunei, the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation and support each other to participate in the global supply chain of Halal food and goods; to step up cooperation in agriculture, aquaculture and chemical production; as well as cooperation in the digital economy, circular economy and climate change.

Fourth, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended and spoke at the business forum with the participation of hundreds of Singapore and Vietnamese businesses; seminars with 32 major Singaporean and international investment funds based in Singapore to promote investment in the fields of ESG (environment, society and corporate governance) and talks with energy businesses- leading chemicals Brunei; leaders of many large corporations and enterprises of the two countries.

The Prime Minister sent Singapore, Brunei and international businesses and investors a message about Vietnam’s determination and strong commitment in maintaining political, social and macroeconomic stability. build a stable and transparent environment and policies and create favorable conditions for new areas of cooperation. The governments and business communities of the two countries as well as the world have expressed their utmost confidence in the stability of our business environment, affirming that they will continue to do long-term business and expand investment and business in Vietnam. Vietnam.

Fifth, the Prime Minister had a frank and reliable exchange with the leaders of Singapore and Brunei on regional and international issues of mutual concern, including the East Sea issue; agreed on major directions to strengthen coordination between us and the two countries in multilateral cooperation institutions.

The Prime Minister and leaders of the two countries share the aspiration for a united and cohesive ASEAN, a peaceful, stable and prosperous Southeast Asia; They strongly agreed to work together to maintain the unity and central role of ASEAN in the context of the current complicated regional and international situation.

The leaders of the two countries expressed their importance to Vietnam’s role and position, and wished to join us in contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and in the world.

With the above important results, the official visit to Singapore and Brunei by the Prime Minister has been very successful in all aspects, contributing to bringing the Vietnam-Singapore strategic partnership comprehensively Vietnam-Brunei to new heights, practically serving our socio-economic recovery and development, as well as making positive contributions to strengthening ASEAN’s solidarity, for peace and stability , cooperation and development in the region and in the world.

Thank you very much Minister!

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