(MPI) – On March 09th 2017, the 9th meeting of Vietnam – Austria Joint Committee on economic and trade cooperation took place at the headquarters of the MPI under the co-chairing of Deputy Minister Nguyen The Phuong and his counterpart for Foreign Economic Relation and European Union Integration, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Ms. Bernadette Gierlinger.
Whole scene of the meeting. Photo: Minh Trang (MPI)
Attending the meeting, on the Vietnam’s side, there were representatives of Ministries, namely Foreign Affairs; Finance; National Defence; Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs; Health; Science and Technology; and Government Office. On the Austria’s side, there were Mr. Thomas Loidl, Austrian Ambassador to Vietnam and representatives of Austrian Ministry of Finance and Science, Department for Foreign Economic Relations, Austrian Economic Chamber in Bangkok and Austrian Economic Chamber in Vietnam.
Speaking at the meeting opening, Deputy Minister Nguyen The Phuong said that this joint meeting was taking place at the important moment, within the series of events of 45th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Austria. Vietnam – Austria comprehensive cooperation in general and economic and trade one in particular have been developing well but not commensurate with potentials of the two countries. The Deputy Minister hoped that the meeting is an occasion for the two countries to share information, discuss methods to promote the relations further and meet their joint benefits.
Agreeing with Deputy Minister Nguyen The Phuong about bilateral development potentials, Deputy Minister Bernadette Gierlinger said that Austrian firms pay great attention to Vietnam’s market. She hoped that Vietnam would present projects which are key in the near future and preferential policies for foreign firms to invest and do business in Vietnam. Austria has been doing the utmost to internationalize export and focusing on markets outside Europe, in which, Vietnam is a major one Austria wants to strengthen export.
At the meeting, the two sides assessed the economic situation of the two countries in the past time and bilateral trade relations, discussed issues of energy, environmental technology, infrastructure, health care, transportation, tourism, finance, training human resources and natural disasters management. The meeting was successful on the basis of straight and positive sharing in order to contributing to the bilateral collaboration on many fields./.
Ministry of Planning and Investment