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Date 06/08/2021-14:11:00 PM
Launch event of “Cooperation programme between Vietnam and Switzerland in 2021-2024
(MPI) – Minister Nguyen Chi Dung and Swiss Vice President cum Minister of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis co-chaired the launch event of “Cooperation program between Vietnam and Switzerland in 2021-2024” on August 06th, 2021 at the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
Minister Nguyen Chi Dung (R) and Vice President Ignazio Cassis (L). Photo: MPI

Speaking at the meeting, Minister Nguyen Chi Dung congratulated on the Switzerland's 730th National Day and thanked Vice President Ignazio Cassis for his precious affection and attention to Vietnam when making the visit during this difficult time because of COVID-19. Minister Dung highly appreciated the Swiss Government’s support for Vietnam and said that with its supporting policies, Switzerland had become a companion partner of Vietnam throughout the development of the country.

Over the past years, the MPI coordinated with some general agencies of the Government, beneficiary units and worked with representatives of SECO in Vietnam to build a 4-year cooperation strategy for 2021-2024. Of which, the Swiss Government pledges to support Vietnam CHF 70 million (about USD 80 million), focusing on the improvement of business investment environment in Vietnam and support to enhance the competitiveness of the economic sectors. The program sets higher standards on environment, gender equality, friendly management, digital application and innovation.

Minister Nguyen Chi Dung had his speech. Photo: MPI

Minister Dung informed that Vietnam has just began the first year of the 10-year period in the socio-economic development strategy of 2021-2030 and socio-economic development plan of 2021-2025 with new development goals and possible economic recession challenges due to COVID-19. Moreover, Vietnam is also approaching many development opportunities from the Fourth Industial Revolution. This is an important period for Vietnam to have changes in development process with the goals of becoming a developing country with modern industry and reaching high average income by 2030.

Minister Dung hoped that SECO would continue to closely coordinate with the MPI to identify, implement projects in accordance with the current requirements. He suggested that agencies use Swiss grants to effectively implement projects within the framework of the Program because this is a valuable resource that the Swiss Government and people provide for Vietnam.

Swiss Vice President cum Minister of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis.
Photo: MPI

Regarding the cooperation orientation, Minister Dung and Vice President Ignazio Cassis agreed on major contents such as economic development associated with environmental protection and social issues, including administrative reform, effective capacity of building for financial management, urban development planning that are friendly to businesses and people, support for businesses in management and market access, etc.; support for the local management to enhance accountability and enforcement capacity; the development of science, technology and innovation to create new resilience for the economy.

Switzerland has been sponsor for official development assistance (ODA) in Vietnam since 1992, mainly non-refundable aid. As of 2020, Switzerland supported Vietnam with nearly CHF 500 million (about USD 550 million), focusing on helping Vietnam eliminate hunger and poverty, transforming from a centrally planned economy to a market-based economy.

The cooperation program between Switzerland and Vietnam for 2021-2024 with specific contents in accordance with Vietnam’s development needs will support Vietnam in implementing its economic development goals in the coming time./.

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