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Vietnam seeks Germany’s support for skilled worker training

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – President Vo Van Thuong proposed that Germany provide continued assistance for Vietnam in training high-quality human resources during his talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Hanoi yesterday, January 23.

The two heads of state discussed ways to deepen the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Germany, as well as addressed mutual concerns about regional and international issues.

As for cooperation in training and education, the two sides acknowledged the significant results of their collaboration, particularly the effective operation of the Vietnam-Germany University.

President Thuong recommended that Germany continue supporting the training of skilled workers in Vietnam and advocate for the expansion and efficient operations at the Vietnam-Germany University.

Regarding economic cooperation, they agreed to continue the effective implementation of the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement (EVFTA), and facilitate exports to each other’s market.

The German leader said Vietnam is a reliable economic partner and that Germany wants to enhance economic cooperation, particularly in terms of investment.

President Thuong urged Germany to expedite the approval of the Vietnam-EU investment protection agreement (EVIPA) and help with the lifting of the IUU yellow card imposed on Vietnam’s seafood.

He also proposed that Germany continue offering official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam, particularly in the areas of energy, the environment, and vocational training.

In addressing climate change, President Steinmeier assured Vietnam of Germany’s readiness to provide technology, expertise, and financial support under the just energy transition partnership (JETP) framework, aligning with Vietnam’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Following the talks, the two Presidents witnessed the signing of an agreement on cooperation in labor migration between Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

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