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Vietnam, Singapore to strengthen multifaceted cooperation

Vietnam, Singapore to strengthen multifaceted cooperation

Friday, February 10, 2023, 15:59 GMT+7
Vietnam, Singapore to strengthen multifaceted cooperation
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) joins talks with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore, February 9, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong agreed to strengthen the two countries’ ties across all fields during their talks on Thursday.

The talks were part of PM Chinh’s official visit to Singapore, which is scheduled for February 8 to 10.

During one of their conversations, the two premiers agreed to strengthen political trust as well as maintain high-level exchanges and contacts across all channels.

The two sides will also continue to promote economic cooperation and effectively implement cooperation agreements, including the memorandum of understanding on establishing a digital and green economy partnership.

The signing of a cooperation agreement between Vietnam and Singapore after the two premiers met in Singapore, February 9, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

The signing of a cooperation agreement between Vietnam and Singapore after the two premiers met in Singapore, February 9, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam and Singapore will also create favorable conditions for the deployment of cooperation in new and potential fields such as digital economy, green and circular economy, innovation, clean energy, and climate change response.

Both sides agreed to step up cooperation in the fields of defense and security, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges, especially between young people.

PM Chinh suggested that Singapore consider the possibility of signing a labor cooperation agreement, increasing support for Vietnam's improvement of human resources, especially staff at the strategic level.

PM Lee thanked Vietnam for approving the investment of the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Nghe An II and showed support for his Vietnamese counterpart's proposal to open more VSIPs.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore, February 9, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witness Vietnamese and Singaporean officials exchanging cooperative documents in Singapore, February 9, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

He also emphasized his backing for collaboration in clean energy, electricity connection and transmission, and electricity trading.

After the talks, the leaders witnessed the exchange of four cooperative documents between the two countries, including an MoU on the cooperation in digital economy and green economy.

Experts believe this MoU will bring bilateral relations to a new level, allowing both nations to complement each other in a balanced and bilaterally successful fashion.

The other three documents exchanged included MoUs on economic and trade cooperation, cooperation between young people, and maritime cooperation.

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