Tuesday , July 16 2024

PM welcomes Malaysian Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry

Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính hailed Malaysia as Việt Nam’s major trade and investment partner at a reception in Hà Nội on Monday for Malaysian Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Zafrul Abdul Aziz.

Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính (right) meets Malaysian Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Zafrul Abdul Aziz in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính hailed Malaysia as Việt Nam’s major trade and investment partner at a reception in Hà Nội on Monday for Malaysian Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Zafrul Abdul Aziz.

Zafrul is on a working visit to Việt Nam to co-chair the 4th session of the Việt Nam-Malaysia Joint Trade Committee in Hà Nội.

Currently, Malaysia is the third largest trading partner of Việt Nam in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 10th largest in the world. With a total registered capital of over US$13 billion, Malaysia is also the third biggest ASEAN investor in Việt Nam, PM Chính said.

Việt Nam always welcomes and encourages Malaysian businesses and investors to operate in the country, he said, adding that Việt Nam commits to protecting their legitimate rights and interests, ensuring fair treatment, and creating favourable conditions for foreign investors, including those from Malaysia.

As the goal of achieving $20 billion in two-way trade in the coming years is reachable, PM Chính suggested both nations continue to leverage their complementary strengths, explore breakthrough solutions to boost economic, trade, and investment cooperation, and join global value and supply chains.

He also proposed Malaysia facilitate the entry of Vietnamese goods into its market, particularly processed farm produce, seafood, and food products; assist Việt Nam in developing the Halal industry and encouraging Malaysian investments in Việt Nam in this field, as well as in digital transformation, green transition, clean energy and wind power export. Furthermore, he called for bolstering joint work in emerging fields such as innovation, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

To further enhance collaboration, the PM proposed sharing experience, jointly building mechanisms and policies, improving governance capacity, transferring technology, and training quality human resources, particularly in emerging sectors. He also highlighted the need to foster effective cooperation between businesses of both countries, people-to-people exchanges, and tourism and cultural collaboration with flexible regulations.

On global and regional issues, the government leader said in the current context, Việt Nam and Malaysia need to continue supporting each other at multilateral forums. Together with other ASEAN member states, they should maintain the bloc’s central role, strengthen unity in diversity within ASEAN, and maintain an environment of peace, stability, cooperation and development, he said.

PM Chính underscored the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security and safety of navigation and aviation in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea), and settling disputes peacefully in line with international law, especially the United Nations Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The PM affirmed Việt Nam’s support for Malaysia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2025 and requested Malaysia to back Việt Nam’s efforts to have the European Commission’s “yellow card” warning against Vietnamese seafood regarding illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing removed.

Zafrul, for his part, noted that this is his second visit to Việt Nam and mentioned an extensive agenda involving numerous Malaysian enterprises. He predicted that this year’s bilateral trade turnover could reach $18 billion, surpassing the target initially set for 2025.

He expressed his strong desire to further advance bilateral economic, trade and investment ties, especially in areas highlighted by the PM, including the Halal industry, which holds significant potential, as well as digital transformation, green transition, wind power, innovation and artificial intelligence.

The minister affirmed Malaysia’s continuous support for ASEAN’s central role in regional issues, and expressed Malaysia’s hope for Việt Nam’s continued support for its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2025. — VNS

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