During a reception in Hanoi on June 21 for Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who is on Vietnam visit from June 20-23, Chinh hailed Singapore as one of the top investors in Vietnam.

At the reception for Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

The Vietnamese PM suggested both sides actively seek new and creative ways in important areas, and soon hold a meeting of a working group to discuss digital economic cooperation.

To effectively boost trade in a balanced manner, Chinh proposed Singapore create more favorable conditions for the import and distribution of several Vietnam’s key goods in the country, including agro-fisheries, processed food, apparel, footwear, new industrial goods such as electric automobiles, electric cable lines, wooden furniture.

He urged stepping up negotiations and signing of agreements to mutually recognize quarantine standards in agro-fisheries and processed food. He also proposed effectively realizing specific terms in Vietnam - Singapore economic connectivity agreement.

Speaking highly of Singapore’s joint work to offer support to Vietnamese citizens living and studying in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic, he suggested Singapore share its experience in applying modern technology in tracing, testing and treating COVID-19 cases, boost cooperation in accessing safe and effective vaccines, as well as establish a working group to discuss mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, thus facilitating travel and resuming commercial flights when conditions allow.

PM Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Singaporean FM Vivian Balakrishnan

The Singaporean FM affirmed that Singapore will actively promote issues of Vietnam’s interest, including trade, investment, digital economy, pandemic response and access to vaccines.

On the East Sea (South China Sea) issue, he stated that Singapore attaches importance to ensuring peace, stability, maritime and aviation security and freedom in the East Sea, and rules-based order, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Singaporean Foreign Ministry will actively work with the Vietnamese counterpart to implement leaders’ directions, step up the widespread and substantial development of bilateral strategic partnership based on political trust and common benefits, he said.

On the occasion, Chinh extended his regards to Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong and wished to welcome him to Vietnam soon.

Source: VNA