Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (L) greets National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (Photo: VNA)
– National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue met Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin on September 10 afternoon
as part of his official visit to Finland.
The Finnish PM welcomed the Vietnamese
top legislator to Finland in the first foreign trip by Hue since he took the
helm of the Vietnamese NA, saying that it is a good manifestation of the traditional
friendship between the two countries for decades.
She affirmed that
Vietnam is among important partners of Finland in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific
region. The two countries have gained success in economic, educational,
development and environmental cooperation, she said, adding that there are
other potential fields that Finland wants to partner up with Vietnam in the
NA Chairman Hue highlighted that his visit is the
first by a Vietnamese NA head to Finland after 28 years. He agreed with the
host that there is great potential for bilateral cooperation, and made clear
that Vietnam hopes to promote intensive cooperation with Finland in startup
ecology building, sustainable development, high technology, telecom, renewable energy,
waste water treatment and transport, as well as in digital transformation,
green economy and circular economy.
According to Hue, bilateral economic ties, especially Finland’s
investment in Vietnam, remain modest below the potential and the two countries’
strength. Finland’s valid investment in Vietnam at present stands at only 23.63
He asked the Finnish PM to advocate stronger cooperation between
the business communities of the two countries in the context that the
Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement has taken effect.
The Vietnamese top legislator also called for help from the
Finnish parliament for Vietnam in accessing vaccine supplies, or transferring
redundant vaccine and medical supplies to Vietnam so that the Southeast Asian
country can cope with the resurgence of COVID-19.
He asked the Finnish Government to assist Vietnam in human resources
training through providing more scholarships to Vietnamese students. There are
at present 2,500 Vietnamese students in Finland.
The meeting between NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and PM Sanna Marin (Photo: VNA)
PM Marin took note of the requests of the Vietnamese parliamentary
leader, and affirmed that Finland is willing to work with Vietnam to carry out
vocational and teachers’ training programmes.
She added that as Finland is facing a shortage of workers due to an aging
population, so the country wants to attract foreign labourers, including those
from Vietnam, to work in Finland.
The two leaders also discussed cooperation in multilateral mechanisms,
and shared the view that the two countries should continue to coordinate and
support each other in such mechanisms, including engaging in joint efforts to strengthen
the newly-established strategic partnership between the ASEAN and the EU.
They reiterated the principle of the rule-of-law in seas and oceans to maintain
peace, stability, freedom, safety and security of navigation and overflight,
and to settle disputes by peaceful measures on the basis of international law, including
the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982)./.