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Vietnam seeks climate cooperation with U.S., Canada at ASEAN Summit

T. Dao

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has called for the U.S. to expand climate change cooperation and support for Vietnam.

He also proposed Canada facilitate Vietnamese exports and engage in green transition, energy transformation, and adaptation to climate change.

He made these requests on the sidelines of the 43rd ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 4 to 7.

Vietnam and Canada committed to a strategic partnership during the ASEAN-Canada Summit. In 2022, their two-way trade reached US$23.1 billion and Canadian foreign direct investment in Vietnam totaled at US$3.63 billion.

The two nations agreed to collaborate in various areas, including digital transformation, food security, business support, education, workforce development, climate adaptation, and connectivity to bridge development gaps.

Prime Minister Chinh asked Canada to create a favorable environment for Vietnamese and ASEAN exports, and both countries pledged cooperation in digital transition, green transformation, energy shift, food security, and climate adaptation.

In addition, he sought U.S. support for Vietnam’s climate efforts, especially in the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta region. Prime Minister Chinh emphasized the importance of sustainable trade to stabilize supply chains and reduce anti-dumping measures.

He also proposed ASEAN-U.S. cooperation in healthcare, education, energy, environment, and sustainable development.

In 2022, the U.S. was the largest investor in the region, with investments totaling US$36.5 billion, and it was ASEAN’s second-largest trading partner, with a total trade volume of US$420.4 billion.

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