Vietnam asks Germany to help with training high-quality workforce

By VNA   January 23, 2024 | 03:26 pm PT
Vietnam asks Germany to help with training high-quality workforce
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Vo Van Thuong in Hanoi, Jan. 23, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
President Vo Van Thuong requested Germany to continue helping Vietnam with the training for high-quality workforce as he held talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Hanoi Tuesday.

Both leaders expressed satisfaction with the robust development of the Vietnam-Germany relationship over the past nearly five decades, particularly after they established a strategic partnership. Mutual political trust has been enhanced through the exchange of all-level delegations and coordination at multilateral forums. Germany has been the leading economic partner of Vietnam in Europe and Vietnam is one of Germany's major trade partners in Southeast Asia. Bilateral trade has tripled in the past decade to reach around US$12 billion in 2023, and Germany is the fourth largest EU investor in Vietnam.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen political trust through the exchange of delegations at various levels and the effective implementation of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the strategic dialogue, the Joint Committee on Economic Cooperation, the Government Consultation on Development Cooperation; as well as the Vietnam-Germany strategic action plan for the 2023-2025 period.

The leaders rejoiced at the positive results in education-training coordination, particularly the effective operation of the Vietnam-Germany University (VGU). The German president wished for continued collaboration to ensure the further success of the VGU, particularly in attracting more Vietnamese students, while Thuong asked Germany to continue helping Vietnam in the training of high-quality human resources and the expansion of the VGU's activities.

Thuong sought Germany's continued support through official development assistance (ODA) in energy, environment, and vocational training.

He also urged Germany to expedite the ratification procedures for the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and push the early removal of the European Commission (EC)'s yellow card warning on Vietnamese seafood.

Steinmeier expressed a desire to elevate all-around cooperation with Vietnam, especially in trade and investment, energy transition, labor and vocational training, and development cooperation while working closely together to contribute to peace and global and regional cooperation issues.

Regarding economic cooperation, the two sides pledged to continue to fully and effectively implement the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and facilitate market access for each other's strong products. Steinmeier lauded Vietnam as a reliable economic partner and expressed a desire to enhance economic ties, particularly in terms of investment.

Mentioning climate change response, Steinmeier affirmed Germany's readiness to assist Vietnam through technology, experts, and financial assistance within the framework of the Joint Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), thus helping Vietnam fulfill its commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, as announced at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

The two leaders also agreed to beef up joint work in national defense-security, sci-tech, justice, agriculture and cultural exchange, toward the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2025.

Thuong proposed that Germany continue to care for and support the Vietnamese community in the country, a sentiment affirmed by Steinmeier, who recognized the community's successful integration and positive contributions to the host society.

On the international front, the two countries will coordinate and support each other at regional and multilateral forums, such as ASEAN-Germany, ASEAN-EU cooperation, and the United Nations frameworks.

On the East Sea issue, the two leaders reiterated the importance of maintaining peace, stability and freedom of navigation and overflight in the sea, and settling disputes through peaceful means in accordance with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). They expressed support for substantive and effective negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) between ASEAN and China.

Following the talks, the two presidents witnessed the signing of an agreement on migrant labor cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

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