H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark began his official visit to Vietnam on November 28, 2011. The heir to the Danish throne met with the Vice-President of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Doan, at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.
During his meeting with Vice-President Doan the Crown Prince Frederik expressed his interest at the development of friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries, especially in economics, trade and investment, development cooperation education and scientific research.
Per the Vietnamese newspaper, Tuoi Tre News:
[During the meeting they also]… spoke highly of the establishment of a Vietnam-Denmark strategic partnership in climate change, environment, energy and green growth.
Vice President Doan thanked Denmark for its ODA provision for Vietnam, which she said has helped the country reduce poverty and successfully implement many Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set by the United Nations. She also expressed her thanks for Denmark’s commitment to providing more ODA for Vietnam, focusing on climate change, scientific research and development of environmentally friendly technologies.
Crown Prince Frederik said that his delegation, including representatives of nearly 80 businesses and more than 30 educational organizations, reflects Denmark’s determination to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in economics, trade investment, education and training.
After the meeting, Vice-President Doan and Crown Prince Frederik witnessed the signing of four cooperative documents on water supply and rural environmental sanitation, maritime preservation, building a quality management system and intellectual property services, and a public administration and administrative reform program for the 2012-2015 period.
Later in the afternoon day, the Crown Prince was received by President Truong Tan Sang, who said that Vietnam needs to benefit from the experience of developed economies, including Denmark, as the country is attempting to shift itself to a new stage of development with a focus on quality growth.
Crown Prince Frederik also expressed a wish to share experience with Vietnam in developing high-quality human resources. On the occasion, the Prince invited President Sang to visit Denmark at an appropriate time.
At a reception for the prince later on in the afternoon, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung spoke highly of the Danish guest’s visit, which is taking place on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties, saying that the visit will help deepen bilateral cooperative relations in all aspects.
After the reception, Prime Minster Dung and Crown Prince Frederik witnessed the signing of the Vietnam-Denmark Joint Statement on the establishment of a strategic partnership in climate change, environment, energy and green growth.
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Source: Tuoi Tre News
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