NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue witnessed the handover of donations of medical supplies to Vietnam and the signing of several agreements between Vietnamese and European businesses at a ceremony held in Helsinki on September 11.
The Government of Slovakia presents 100,000 doses of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)
At the event, the Government of Slovakia presented 100,000 doses of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam, while France’s innovative biotech company NG Biotech donated 1 million COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits, worth 5 million EUR, and Vietnamese T&T Group, 1 million COVID-19 RT PCR test kits worth 6 million EUR.
On the occasion, T&T Pharmaceutical and Trading JSC of Vietnam inked an agreement with Germany’s Gerbion GmbH & Co. KG for technology transfer and production of COVID-19 RT PCR Virella test kit in Vietnam, and two other deals with Germany’s Avestos International GMBH and Spain’s Mingothings S.L for purchase of a total of 86 million EUR worth of RT PCR test kits.
It also signed a 375-million-EUR deal to conduct clinical trials of and purchase HIPRA COVID-19 vaccine from Spain’s HYPRA Human Health S.L.U. The agreement will provide Vietnam with 50 million vaccine doses. The two companies also sealed a contract for COVID-19 production technology transfer to Vietnam.
Vietnam-based Ha Anh Equipment and Medical Material Co., Ltd. and Finnish producer of healthcare products Salofa Oy signed a contract for exclusive distribution of quick COVID-19 test kits in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s T&T Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia’s JAKS Resources Berhad Group to develop a 1.5-billion-USD LNG power plant in the northern province of Quang Ninh which has designed capacity of 1,500 Megawatt.
The group also sealed a deal with Solar Finland in producing and transferring manufacturing technology of new-generation solar power battery and another with Finland’s Finest Future in human resource education and training in sports and hi-tech agriculture and food processing.
The same day, the NA Chairman hosted a reception for young Vietnamese business people in Finland.
The young entrepreneurs expressed their wish to bring modern technology to Vietnam, particularly those for coping with climate change in the Mekong Delta.
Chairman Hue appreciated their dreams, and stressed that the Vietnamese Party and State treasure the contingent of young intellectuals and business people both in and outside the country. He said they are a precious resource for national development, and affirmed that the NA, Government and ministries and sectors in Vietnam are willing to support and create the most favourable conditions for them to operate in the country.
Top legislator attends Vietnam-Finland Business Roundtable
Vietnam wants to learn from Finland’s experience to develop fast and sustainably, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue told the Vietnam – Finland Business Roundtable in Helsinki on September 11.
Hue and his entourage are on an official visit to Finland on September 10 – 11.
Vietnam, with a GDP value of 360 billion USD, is now the ASEAN’s third largest economy, the top Vietnamese legislator said, stating that the country aims for an annual growth of 6.5 – 7 percent over the next five years, and to become an upper-middle-income country by 2030 and a high-income country by 2045.
He stressed that Vietnam attaches great importance to developing a green, circular and low-carbon economy, cutting greenhouse gas emission and accelerating startups and innovation, while Finland has an economy based on cutting-edge technology and boasts one of the world’s most complete innovation ecosystem along with strong startup trends. Therefore, Vietnam wants to explore Finland’s experience and forge cooperation between businesses of both sides in those fields.
The Southeast Asian country is pursuing robust, sustainable and harmonious development in terms of economics, social affairs, environment and adaption to climate change in the coming time, he added.
Noting that Vietnam is a signatory to 17 bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Hue called on investors from Finland and the EU at large to do business in Vietnam.
He informed that during his visit, Finnish leaders have pledged to soon ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) for better protection of rights and interests of investors from both sides.
The roundtable saw the presence of Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari, who said he hopes Finnish enterprises can provide help for Vietnam in digital transformation, a critical factor for an economy to maintain sustainable growth.
He also announced that Finland has agreed to provide extra support for projects using soft foreign loans in Vietnam.
Participants at the event included representatives from local corporations, such as Headai, KONE, Operon, Valmet and Vaisala which operate in hardware and technology for weather forecast and air pollution monitoring, industry and new energy, water industry, cyber security, automated elevator, and artificial intelligence and smart data.
The same day, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan, who is accompanying NA Chairman Hue on the Finland visit, met with Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppa.
Hoan thanked his Finnish counterpart for supporting Vietnam in capacity building and implementing a project on developing a national forest database, saying the first and second phases of the project have provided a basis for Vietnam to effectively manage its forest data.
He proposed Finland to continue assisting Vietnam in the project’s third phase and in growing multi-purpose forest. Both ministers agreed to boost partnership in this field, particularly expanding forestry cooperatives for the sustainable development of the sector.
The Vietnamese minister also asked for Finland’s help in developing husbandry, horticulture and multi-use forestry; transforming from agricultural production to agricultural economy; promoting the sustainable development of rural areas, circular agriculture; and supplying clean water for rural residents.
Vietnam is among the world's top 15 exporters of agricultural products, but bilateral trade between Vietnam and Finland fails to meet both countries’ potentials, he said, urging joint efforts to beef up the export of complementary goods to each other’s market in the coming time.
Minister Hoan went on to say that he hopes to meet with representatives from EU member states during his visit to discuss and explore the EU’s concerns over Vietnam’s fisheries, a long-standing livelihood of many Vietnamese.
Vietnam has issued a number of regulations and legal documents to tighten control on fishing and made institutional improvements in accordance with the EU’s recommendations, he noted, adding that responsible fishing is also a mission of Vietnamese people to protect marine ecosystem and fulfil its international commitments.
Jari Leppa, for his part, said Finland stands ready to share experience with Vietnam in conducting forest and nature studies. Finland is particularly interested in projects on fostering the development of cooperatives, trade, and circular and bio economy in Vietnam, he stated, noting that the two sides can also exchange experience in other areas of mutual interest./.