Seminar “Vietnam-France diplomatic relations: Reality and Prospect”
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In his opening remarks, Assoc. Prof. Dr Nguyen Duy Bac affirmed that the seminar is a meaningful activity on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations (1973-2018), the fifth anniversary of the strategic partnership (2013-2018) between the two countries and the visit of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong to France (March 25-27th, 2018). He emphasized that the seminar is an opportunity for experts and scientists to share and discuss the strategic adjustment in foreign policy on Asia-Pacific region in general and ASEAN and Vietnam in particular under French President Emmanuel Macron administration; thereby promoting the cooperation between HCMA and the French Embassy in Vietnam and enhancing the long-time friendship and strategic partnership relationship between two nations.

At the seminar, H.E Bertrand Lortholary pointed out important landmarks in the bilateral relations from 1973 until now and highly valued the achievements in the recent visit of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam to France. He believed that the high-ranking visit is a significant step forward in the France – Vietnam relations and would make the bilateral cooperation new great stride and more compatible with the position and potentiality of two countries.

Expressing the joy for bright prospects between the two countries on all sectors, H.E Bertrand Lortholary hoped that EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement which is officially coming into force would create further good conditions for economics – trade cooperative development between France and Vietnam. France is one of the top trade partners of Vietnam in Western Europe now. Two-way trade hit 4.62 billion USD in 2017. France is one of the biggest export markets of Vietnam.  As for investment, France ranked 16th among 125 countries and territories investing in Vietnam (nearby 3 billion USD) with 513 valid projects. Currently, around 300 French companies are setting up business activities in Vietnam and making around 3.000 jobs; meanwhile around 7.000 Vietnamese people are studying in France.

On the basis of information shared by the Ambassador about the France – Vietnam relations currently, the delegates at the seminar also elaborated directly and indirectly affected factors on the bilateral cooperation, the position and role of Vietnam and France in the foreign policy of each country, and the cooperative prospects between two countries in the future, especially when current world and regional situation is changing rapidly.

News, photo: Minh Hang & Duc Manh

Translator: Minh Hang, Proofreader: Nguyen Thi Viet Nga