Brunei media highlights PM Chinh's visit as testament to close-knit ties with Vietnam


VOV.VN - Brunei media have ran numerous articles highlighting Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s visit to the country as a testament to the close-knit bilateral diplomatic ties with Vietnam.

Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (R) welcomes Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh
Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (R) welcomes Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh

The website, in its article, described the Vietnamese Government chief’s visit as a testament to the strong diplomatic relations established between Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam 30 years ago.

It underlined that since joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bandar Seri Begawan in 1995, Vietnam has become one of the fastest growing economies in the region.

Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah hailed Vietnam’s achievements, including the national digital transformation programme, saying that the signing of an action plan between the two sides aims to bolster bilateral cooperation and support preparation to respond to global challenges.

The Sultan of Brunei expressed his satisfaction that despite facing plenty of challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the two nations have still maintained their cooperation in the fields of energy supply, production and trade with the two way trade exceeding the US$ 500 million target set in 2017.

Brunei desires to further develop trade ties with Vietnam, especially through joint ventures operating in the aquaculture sector, to help build the capacity of local industries and ensure food security, he  went on to say.

The article quoted Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah as saying that the continuing educational partnership between the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and FPT University in the central city of Da Nang, as well as visa exemption, will bring people closer together as well as facilitate the movement of goods and services.

The Sultan of Brunei thanked Vietnam for backing his country during its ASEAN Chair term in 2021, expressing his hope that the two countries will step up cooperation towards an ASEAN Community Vision by 2025.

He congratulated Vietnam on its election to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 term, expressing his confidence in Vietnam's contributions to solving human rights issues.

Brunei media also cited Minister of Finance and Economy II of Brunei Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, stressing that Brunei places importance in its close-knit relations with Vietnam.

He touched upon huge potential to enhance economic and trade ties between the two nations.

The minister affirmed that at the regional and international level, the two countries' activities through ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum as well as agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), help increase the access to global markets, incentivize rules-based trade and economic activities, and facilitate efficient, diversified and flexible supply.

Brunei seeks mutually-beneficial partnerships with countries that it has close ties like  Vietnam to ensure prosperity, especially through cooperation projects in key areas and priorities of the country such as oil and gas, food, tourism, information technology - communication and services, he added.



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