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Some 60 cooperative agreements worth US$30 billion signed during PM’s Europe trip

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh witnessed the signing of nearly 60 cooperative agreements with a total pledged investment of over US$30 billion during his trip to Europe from October 31 to November 5.

According to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung, the prime minister attended more than 40 meetings between Vietnamese and European businesses and organizations.

The deals between Vietnamese companies and organizations and their European counterparts cover diverse sectors, from renewable energy to digital economy, environmental protection, infrastructure development, aerospace, healthcare and epidemic prevention and control, education and training, agriculture and tourism, which are Vietnam’s priorities to attract foreign investment.

“During his Europe trip, the prime minister met over 60 leaders of corporations, banks and universities of the United Kingdom, France and other European countries. Leaders of the Vietnamese Ministries of Planning and Investment, Industry and Trade, Agriculture and Rural Development, Information and Communications, Natural Resources and Environment, and Health also met the leaders of some 50 corporations to discuss specific investment projects and cooperation plans for the future,” To Anh Dung said.

The prime minister’s Europe tour included his attendance at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties in the UK and a visit to France. The five-day tour was at the invitation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French Prime Minister Jean Castex.

Besides trade, health cooperation and Covid-19 vaccines were at the center of Chinh’s trip.

France announced an additional donation of nearly 1.4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for Vietnam, bringing France’s total vaccine donations for Vietnam to more than 2 million doses. The vaccines will be delivered to Vietnam via bilateral channels and the COVAX Facility.

Meanwhile, the UK said it would help Vietnam improve its medical capacity and facilitate technology transfer to produce the Covid-19 vaccines.

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