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Deputy PM Dung begins three-nation Europe tour
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Deputy PM Dung begins three-nation Europe tour

The Saigon Times Daily

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has begun a three-nation Europe tour which lasts until April 27, according to a report on the Government news website.

He is being accompanied by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and leaders from the Steering Committee for the Southwest Region, the Government Office, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Construction, Transport, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Planning and Investment, and the Hanoi City government.

The tour takes in the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK). The Netherlands visit takes place from April 18 to 20, followed by visits to Ireland from April 21-23 and the UK from April 24-27.

Dung is scheduled to chair the sixth meeting of the Vietnam-Netherlands Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management, meet Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and visit a number of infrastructure facilities, seaports and climate change adaptation facilities.

The Netherlands is one of Vietnam’s leading economic, trade and investment partners in Europe, with two-way trade in 2016 totaling over US$6.68 billion. The country is also the largest European investor in Vietnam with total investment pledges of US$7.61 billion.

Bilateral ties between Vietnam and Netherlands have been growing since the two established diplomatic ties over four decades ago, particularly after they set  up a strategic partnership on climate change adaptation and water management in 2010 and a strategic partnership on sustainable agriculture and food security four years later.

The two countries focus on five priority fields: climate change adaptation and water management, agriculture, energy, sea-based economy and transportation services.

The two countries organized five meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management in the past, discussing issues related to climate, natural resource and environment cooperation, particularly the Mekong Delta Plan, which has been carried out since 2013.

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