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Vietnam seeks to strengthen trade relations with Finland

By T. Dao

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HCMC – Vietnam is pursuing stronger trade relations with Finland, with National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue advocating for improved trade during a recent diplomatic exchange between the two nations.

Discussions, held during the visit of Finnish Parliament Speaker Jussi Halla-aho to Vietnam, underscored Vietnam’s commitment to facilitating smoother trade, particularly for key exports such as steel, textiles, and footwear, said local news reports.

Hue emphasized the importance of creating favorable conditions for Vietnam’s primary exports during talks with Halla-aho on March 25.

Both sides discussed areas of mutual interest, including green economy initiatives, digital transformation, high technology, renewable energy, environmental protection, water treatment, and smart cities.

Hue highlighted the significance of supporting Vietnam’s human resource development in innovation, entrepreneurship, and vocational training, leveraging Finnish expertise.

Vietnam’s recent initiatives in renewable energy, particularly outlined in its National Electricity Development Plan VIII (Power Plan VIII), present opportunities for collaboration.

“Proactive dissemination of information to business communities and the organization of trade and investment promotion activities are essential to foster bilateral cooperation,” said Hue.

Jussi Halla-aho’s official visit to Vietnam from March 24 to 26, at the invitation of Vietnam’s NA chairman, marked his first visit outside the European region since taking office, with Vietnam being the sole destination.

The visit signifies an exchange of high-level delegations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Finland and Vietnam (1973-2023).

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