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Vietnam, Singapore eye comprehensive strategic partnership

Vietnam, Singapore eye comprehensive strategic partnership

Monday, August 28, 2023, 21:21 GMT+7
Vietnam, Singapore eye comprehensive strategic partnership
A photo shows Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waving to reporters before they held talks in Hanoi on August 28, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong reached a consensus on considering upgrading bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership at their talks on Monday.

Singaporean PM Lee arrived in Hanoi on Sunday afternoon to pay an official visit to Vietnam. His visit will wrap up on Tuesday.

PM Lee’s trip is aimed at marking the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Singapore diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of a strategic partnership between the two nations.

During their talks on Monday, the two prime ministers discussed bilateral cooperation and tabled some measures to deepen the relationship in the future.

The two top officials are eyeing the upgrade of bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Besides, the two leaders of Vietnam and Singapore are determined to hold regular meetings between the two prime ministers to discuss bilateral cooperation and other issues.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) suggests boosting cooperation in culture exchange between Vietnam and Singapore. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) suggests boosting cooperation in culture exchange between Vietnam and Singapore. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam and Singapore will effectively implement high-level agreements and cooperative mechanisms, said the two leaders.

The two also underlined that it is necessary to efficiently tap the Vietnam-Singapore digital and green economy partnership, which was set up in February.

The two prime ministers highly valued the joint efforts in upgrading the framework agreement on connecting the two economies, which contributes to expanding economic cooperation to some fields such as clean energy, energy transition, and innovation.

PM Chinh suggested Singapore facilitate the export of Vietnamese goods to its market as well as the development and transformation of Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIPs) to smart, green, low-carbon industrial parks, moving toward an industrial-urban ecosystem.

The Vietnamese government chief also proposed Singapore expand its investment in Vietnam’s priority and core fields, while helping Vietnam spur supporting industries.

The two sides agreed to heighten cooperation in national defense and security via the signing and implementation of relevant cooperation agreements.

The two prime ministers expected the two nations to boost their cooperation in digitalization and building a national database center.

The Vietnamese prime minister proposed Singapore help Vietnam build and operate a big-data center to increase efficiency in the fight against cybercrime.

PM Chinh also hinted at connecting Vietnam's system with the electronic identification and authentication system in Singapore as soon as possible to make it easier for their citizens to travel, live, and work in both countries.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee speaks at the talks with his Vietnamese counterpart. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee speaks at the talks with his Vietnamese counterpart in Hanoi, August 28, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The two prime ministers agreed to promote collaboration in other key fields, including finance, banking, and tourism by opening more air services and cruise destinations between the two nations.

Both prime ministers on Monday witnessed the signing of seven cooperation agreements between the two nations’ departments and ministries.

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung (R) shakes hands with Singaporean Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry Tan See Leng. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung (R) shakes hands with Singaporean Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry Tan See Leng in Hanoi, August 28, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (R) and Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan swap a cooperative agreement. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (R) and Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan swap a cooperative agreement in Hanoi, August 28, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City Vice Chairman Vo Van Hoan (R) and Lavan Thiru, executive director at Infrastructure Asia, pose for a photo with their cooperation agreement. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Vo Van Hoan (R) and Lavan Thiru, executive director at Infrastructure Asia, pose for a photo with their cooperation deal in Hanoi, August 28, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vice-chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Vo Van Hoan signed a memorandum of understanding between the municipal People’s Committee and Singapore’s Infrastructure Asia to foster sustainable infrastructure development in the southern Vietnamese city.

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