Vietnam, Denmark to Double Two-Way Trade

Prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt agreed on Thursday’s talks to strengthen trade and economic cooperation to double two-way trade to $1 billion in the near future.

According a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, prime minister Thorning-Schmidt said Denmark wants to boost ties with Vietnam in fields such as green growth, renewable energy, shipping, petroleum and climate change adaptation, which are Denmark’s strengths.

The Vietnamese government leader appreciated Denmark’s support for Vietnam’s priority projects on water supply, wastewater treatment, environmental protection, vocational training and poverty reduction.

Dung suggested Denmark continue supporting Vietnam to strengthen relations with the European Union (EU).

As the country coordinator for Asean-EU relations, Vietnam pledges to push up Asean-EU cooperation in general and cooperation between Asean and Denmark in particular, Dung noted.

PM Thorning-Schmidt said Denmark backed settlement of disputes in the East Sea through peaceful measures and in accordance with international law, and stronger relations between the EU and Vietnam following the signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), according to the government website.

The two leaders also witnessed the signing of agreements on business renovation, energy and petroleum on Thursday.

PM Thorning-Schmidt had separate meetings on Thursday with Party general Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang.

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