Vietnam and Germany Coordinate Closely at International Forums: Ambassador

A diplomat has stated that Vietnam and Germany have been mutually supportive and closely collaborated at international meetings.

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Vietnam, Germany Closely Coordinate at International Forums: Ambassador
Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Vu Quang Minh holds a working session with a delegation of interns from the German Foreign Ministry. Photo: VNA

The Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany, Vu Quang Minh, held a working session with a delegation of interns from the German Foreign Ministry on April 11th to discuss Vietnam’s foreign policies, as reported by VietnamPlus. During the session, both parties exchanged ideas and discussed ways to further strengthen the relations between the two countries. They also discussed current international issues and the role of Vietnam in regional and international affairs. The Ambassador praised the interns for their enthusiasm and interest in Vietnam’s foreign policies and expressed his hope that they would be able to gain insightful knowledge from the session.

On Tuesday, interns from seven universities in Germany gathered at the Embassy of Vietnam in Berlin to discuss how to enhance the relationship between the two countries. During the meeting, they discussed topics such as the economic, cultural, and educational ties between Vietnam and Germany, as well as various international issues related to their respective fields of study.

The interns were welcomed by the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung, who gave an overview of the current Vietnam-Germany relationship and encouraged the participants to contribute their ideas and opinions to the discussion.

The meeting was a great opportunity for the interns to gain valuable insight into Vietnam-Germany relations and to network with each other. It also gave them the opportunity to discuss current international issues related to their fields of study, and to gain a better understanding of the broader international context.

On Tuesday, interns from seven universities in Germany gathered at the Embassy of Vietnam in Berlin to discuss how to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. During the meeting, they discussed topics such as the economic, cultural, and educational ties between Vietnam and Germany, as well as various international issues related to their respective fields of study. The Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung, welcomed the interns and gave an informative overview of the current Vietnam-Germany relationship. He encouraged the participants to contribute their ideas and opinions to the discussion, providing them with a great opportunity to gain valuable insight into the relationship and to network with each other. Moreover, this meeting gave the interns the chance to discuss current international issues related to their fields of study, and to gain a better understanding of the broader international context.

They watched a captivating video clip introducing Vietnam’s remarkable foreign achievements and diplomatic milestones in 2022, as well as the Vietnam-Germany relationship and Vietnam’s foreign policies amid the increasingly unpredictable and complex developments in the world than forecasted.

Minh briefed them on Vietnam’s foreign policy, its stance on certain global and regional issues, and the important role of the diplomatic sector in the national development process, particularly in promoting post-pandemic economic growth.

Reviewing outstanding achievements of economic diplomacy in 2022, Minh said that Vietnam has kept up with the world’s trend of reopening and actively stepped up direct diplomatic activities bilaterally and multilaterally. By deepening ties with countries and international organizations, Vietnam has been able to demonstrate its policy of balancing and diversifying foreign relations.

The sector swiftly shifted its focus from “vaccine diplomacy” to “economic diplomacy” in order to facilitate national recovery and development. In accordance with a Directive of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat and Government directions, it provided advice on the timing of reopening, helping to quickly draw in investment flows, revive tourism, restore production, and drive economic growth, leading the region forward, he added.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Vu Quang Minh (fourth from right) at the meeting. (Photo: VNA)
Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Vu Quang Minh (fourth from right), officials from the Vietnamese Embassy and interns from the German Foreign Ministry in a group photo. Photo: VNA

Answering interns’ questions about Vietnam’s socio-economic development last year, Minh highlighted the country’s efforts to step up the implementation of free trade agreements, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and urge the European Union (EU) to remove the yellow card warning and realise the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). He also pointed out that Vietnam has made great strides in improving its business environment, promoting digital transformation, and developing a modern infrastructure. This has enabled the country to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) and international tourists, boosting the nation’s economic growth.

He affirmed that the direction towards new markets, a green economy, a digital economy, and a circular economy has helped Vietnamese goods gain a foothold in many places, with a record export-import value of over $730 billion.

At the seventh Vietnam-German strategic dialogue, which took place earlier this month in Berlin, the two sides approved the joint strategic action plan for the 2023–2025 period with orientations and cooperation activities in all fields including politics–security, economics, climate, energy, science–technology, culture, and people-to-people exchanges, Nhan dan (People) newspaper reported.

They agreed to enhance the exchange of delegations, especially at the high level; maintain regular bilateral cooperation mechanisms; and foster collaboration in areas where the two countries have strengths and demand.

They will also collaborate closely to maximize the benefits of the EVFTA to facilitate the access of goods from both countries to one another’s markets.

Germany said it is willing to support Vietnam in accessing capital, technology, and human resources training within the framework of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) to help the nation implement the commitments it announced at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) of reaching zero emissions by 2050./.

Vietnam, Germany Closely Coordinate at International Forums: Ambassador
At the seventh Vietnam-German strategic dialogue. Photo: VOV

Germany remains Vietnam’s biggest trade partner in the EU, while Vietnam has become Germany’s largest trade partner in Southeast Asia. After more than 10 years of strategic partnership, two-way trade has doubled. As of November 2022, it had topped $10.6 billion, an increase of 16.7% year-on-year. According to statistics from Germany, the figure was even higher, reaching $12.16 billion.

As active and responsible members of the international community, Vietnam and Germany share many core values, strategic interests, and concerns in the region and the world. With a commitment to cooperation, stability, peace, and development based on the rule of law, both countries strive to work together in order to build a brighter future. By cultivating strong ties and meaningful partnerships, they are able to create a positive impact on the global stage.

Rosy Huong