Qatar Considers Signing New Labour Cooperation Document with Vietnam

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Le Thi Thu Hang is currently visiting Qatar. Aspects of cooperation in areas related to the labour sector and ways to support and develop them were discussed during the trip.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang and Qatar's Minister of Labour Ali Bin Saeed Bin Smaikh Al Marri. Photo: gulf-times.
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang and Qatar’s Minister of Labour Ali Bin Saeed Bin Smaikh Al Marri. Photo: Gulf Times.

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang met and had working sessions with leaders of some ministries of Qatar on the occasion of her attendance at the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) in Doha from March 5-8, VNA reported.

At the meetings, the officials of Qatar conveyed congratulations from Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani to President Vo Van Thuong.

They highly valued Vietnam’s achievements in maintaining political stability and socio-economic development and improving its foreign position, expressing their belief that the relationship between Vietnam and Qatar will be further strengthened in the coming time.

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang and Qatar's Minister of Labour Ali Bin Saeed Bin Smaikh Al Marri. Photo: VNA
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang and Qatar’s Minister of Labour Ali Bin Saeed Bin Smaikh Al Marri. Photo: VNA

For her part, Deputy FM Hang briefed on Vietnam’s socio-economic development in the context that the Covid-19 pandemic has been put under control, saying that the Southeast Asian nation is stepping up trade cooperation and foreign investment attraction, including investment flows from Qatar.

The two sides expressed their delight at positive developments in bilateral friendship and cooperation, especially in politics-diplomacy, economy, and energy. They believed that good political relations are a solid foundation to promote cooperation in potential fields such as trade, investment, Halal industry, labor, tourism, green finance, and new energy.

They discussed specific measures to further improve the efficiency of cooperation in the future, including enhancing the exchange of delegations at all levels and mutually supporting at regional and international forums.

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang holds talks with Qatar's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Soltan bin Saad al-Muraikhi. Photo: VNA
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang holds talks with Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Soltan bin Saad al-Muraikhi. Photo: VNA

The Qatari side affirmed its support for Vietnam in enhancing cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Meanwhile, the Vietnamese side said it is willing to act as a bridge connecting Qatar with ASEAN.

Regarding economic, trade, and investment cooperation, the two sides agreed to soon hold the third meeting of their Joint Committee on cooperation in economy, trade, and technology; strengthen trade, investment, and tourism promotion activities; share information on investment opportunities and projects of mutual interest; facilitate the import of each other’s strong products; and increase commercial flights between the two countries.

The Qatari side affirmed it will create favorable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to attend Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ) 2023 on March 15-19, and proposed considering the possibility of signing a new labor cooperation document between the two countries.

Vietnam and Qatar established diplomatic relations on February 8, 1993.

The two countries are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Qatar diplomatic relations.

The friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Qatar, especially in politics-diplomacy, economy, energy, are developing positively.

The two countries regularly exchanged delegations at all levels before the Covid-19 pandemic. Bilateral trade turnover in 2021 reached USD 400 million, according to The World & Vietnam Report.

Hannah Nguyen